Up & Upcoming: Salt Lake Area
Up & Upcoming This Month
UTAH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART UP: Melli Ghanian's: Welcome to Hanksville is a film that examines the congregation of a group of pseudo-scientists on August 27, 2003, during the cosmological opposition of Mars to the Earth. AND: Bikuben explores Danish contemporary art as a framework for understanding how the present may, albeit paradoxically, inform the past. Focusing on themes revolving around the intertwined nature of truth and fiction, history and memory, and the personal versus the communal, this exhibition investigates how relationships across cultural and generational divides have the potential to reveal the complexity of identity, displacement, appropriation, and collective consciousness (see our review in the July 2014 edition). UPCOMING: Amy Jorgensen: Far From the Tree explores themes and imagery of the apple as a loaded and sometimes contradictory cultural symbol. Her performative acts of eating, destroying, and documenting the common fruit speaks to the ways in which the apple embodies notions of sensuality, and by extension the female body, while simultaneously hinting to the negative connotations of a tainted fruit.|1| AND: Catherine Yass: Wall oncentrates on the physical wall that separates Palestine from Israel. Winding through both dense communities and unspoiled landscape, the film takes us through distinct experiences, corresponding to the sections of the barrier in Baka, Qalqiliya, Abu Dis and Al-Eizariya. AND: William Lamson: Hydrologies features two related projects. In Hydrologies Atacama, the artist irrigated linear sections of the Atacama Desert between the months of May and August of 2014. Working with a team of Chileans, Lamson and the crew dispersed water across three strips of the flat gravel plain in an effort to reactive the desert bloom. In Hydrologies Archaea, Lamson removed several gallons of super saline water from the Great Salt Lake, which was installed in an array of glassware a few months prior to the exhibition. As the water evaporates, the salt crystals begin to grow, enveloping the vessels in thick layers of salt. The crystals continue to spread until all of the water evaporates, leaving deposits of calcified remains of hallophilic bacteria.|2|
UMFA UP: Moksha: Photography by Fazal Sheikh weaves together the artist-activist's portraits and the stories of a community of widows in the Hindu pilgrimage site of Vrindavan.|3| AND: Krishna: Lord of Vrindavan explores the Hindu god Krishna through sacred and secular artworks, dating from the 11th century to the 20th, from the Museum's Asian art collection. AND: salt 10: Conrad Bakker is the tenth show in the UMFA’s salt series of exhibitions by emerging international contemporary artists. Bakker’s hand-carved and painted wood sculptures of everyday objects—imprecise, to-scale replicas of objects like books, photographs, chairs, and motorcycles—reveal and critique the relationships between people and things, and investigate the creation of value and economic systems. Bakker’s UMFA show, the first exhibition of new work from his ongoing series Untitled Project: Robert Smithson’s Library and Book Club, mirrors the aesthetics of a library with objects based on books from Smithson’s collection.|4| CUAC UP: Jason Manley and Tyler Beard. Manley integrates text into his work and explores the complex relationships between language, objects, and the built environment (see our review page 4). Beard investigates the interaction of color, material, geometry, and image, creating sophisticated works that rely on restraint and simplicity. UPCOMING: BOOM by Rebecca Campbell, a Salt Lake City native, now living in Los Angeles. She is strongly influenced by her youth here and her youth as a Mormon. Her paintings present paradox. Formally, the brushwork is expressive and loose but layered together with a bull’s eye precision and attention to detail. She freely engages with the history of male-dominated abstract expressionism but her subject matter is highly female.|5|
EVOLUTIONARY HEALTHCARE UP: Russian Impressionistic artist, Nikolai Terpsikhorov (1890 - 1960). His paintings bear a definite stamp of social themes and revolutionary times, yet ultimately he is a painter of Russia and its exotic, far flung empire. He is among the truly important Russian artists of his age. Visitors to Evolutionary Healthcare will receive a copy of a beautiful art book of Terpsikhorov’s works.
ALDERWOOD FINE ART UP: In 2014, Friends of the Great Salt Lake established The Alfred Lambourne Prize. FRIENDS will award one prize of $1000 to a work that most speaks to the inspiration and wonder that our inland sea. UPCOMING: LeConte Stewart Plein Air Painters of Utah Festival. A large body of LeConte Stewart's work as well as work by 20+ plein air painters. There will be live plein air demos by several participating artists during Gallery Stroll.
ALICE GALLERY UP: Bernard C. Meyers, a Utah based contemporary artist and fine art photographer recognized internationally as a master printer, artist, photographer and teacher. Meyers' passion for gardens and greenhouses is visualized in his unique images that combine man-made structure and screens with organic flora, but more importantly explore other realms of consciousness.
SALTGRASS PRINTMAKERS UP: Michael Gaffney: Photogravure Prints. Michael Gaffney works within the tradition of photogravures portraiture but with contemporary photopolymer print plates.
ART ACCESS GALLERIES UP: art2go features work by 36 local artists, sold in seven pricing categories starting at $50. AND: Out of My Head With Color - Colored pen and pencil drawings by Bernard Simbari. Through his participation in art therapy sessions following a stroke in 2007, Simbari is "pushed to create original ('out of my head') abstract artworks." Work featured in this exhibition have been inspired in part by Tiffany lamp floral and nature designs, and have a stained glass floral and landscape quality. UPCOMING:Differences - A Dialogue, a group exhibit about differences, identity, perspective and power curated by Marcee & Ric Blackerby.|6| AND: Veterans exhibit in Access II Gallery.
UTAH CULTURAL CELEBRATION CENTER UPCOMING: A Most Noble Nation! a photographic exploration of America and Americans, through immigration and migration over roads, rails, rivers, trails, and skyways.
CHARLEY HAFEN GALLERY UP:Thoughtful oil portraits by Laura Ross and vibrant acrylic urban abstracts by Christian Alexander. UPCOMING: Symbologist, artist, illustrator, Shae Sveniker in an exhibit titled "Almost Human: CTRL + ALT + DLT". He states that his intention with Almost Human is to create a series of images that emblematize the experience of Transhumanism, exploring the evolution of man as he transects technology and religion.|7|
ART AT THE MAIN UP: Abstract painter Bill Reed constantly reinvents himself as an artist but is always true to his fascination with line and color. Art at the Main will feature his newest works, Seas of Neptune and Other Flowed Abstracts. Reed uses multiple layers of acrylic paint on canvas to capture flowing images between semi-linear boundaries. His paintings are “emotional landscapes,” in which the artist moves from calm to turbulence to calm again.|8| UPCOMING: Whimsy and More, Joan Zone's latest works, begin with a colorful and playful underpainting, often using metallic acrylic paints, along with cheesecloth and other collaged materials. Her subjects, whether landscapes or figures, pulse with the colors and textures beneath, giving each painting a vibrant expression of the artist’s emotion.
ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UP: Brandon Cook paints natural elements found in landscapes. He has titled his exhibition Aeonic, a derivative of the word aeonian, meaning to last for an immeasurable or indefinitely long period of time. His compositions share both palette and spirit with nineteenth-century American painters Ralph Albert Blakelock and George Inness. Ranging from the drama of stormy skies to the deep tranquility of nightscapes, all are impeccable in their execution and universal in their appeal (see our review page 2). AND: In Altared Books: Offerings in (Con)text, the pieces created by a selection of artists are presented in the context of the book as part of an offering. Offering being defined as a sacrificial rite, a gift of great value, or a spiritual undertaking. Altars are spaces where offerings and sacraments take place, where people are united, or where they worship. The exhibition presents a space (altar) where artists’ altered books are offered for visitors to consider the meaning of the different pieces.|9|
HORNE FINE ART UP: More Summer Pleasures, including new scuba paintings by Jamie Wayman, and selections from Karen Horne's monumental "Night and Day" show, fresh from the City Library. Also western landscape scenes by Ken Baxter and Phyllis Horne.
RIO GALLERY UP: DesignArts '14. Juror Ellen Lupton has selected 31 designs, ranging from a store interior to packaging for an indie band. Lupton’s overall comment about these Utah designers was one of respect for their awareness and work that confronts and communicates issues of sustainability in their designs.|10| UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL GALLERY UP: Abstract Movement - The Real and Ideal features five area artists working in various mediums: Barret Lybbert (digital), David Maestas (painting), Cheryl Nickisch (jewelry) Serg Wiaderny (2D Mixed Media). UPCOMING: Altered Earth features four area artists working in various mediums: Josie Bell (2D mixed media), Barbara Ellard (ceramics), Kendra Hitchcock (painting) and Kirk Marshall (photography).
ALPINE ART UPCOMING: Faces of Courage is a compilation of photographs and drawings from local artists who were introduced to women from the Weigand Center, a homeless center for adults. Each artist met with the women and will present a portrait in their preferred medium. Their portraits reflect the struggle, the emotion, and the courage associated with homelessness.|11|
SLUSSER GALLERY UP: Still Life & Trompe L'oeil Exhibition, featuring paintings by Anastasia Dukhanina, Scott Kiche, Ti Ku, Randall Lake, Jeff Mauger, JoAnn Musser, Rita Pacheco, Elizabeth Robbins, Simone Simonian and Mark Slusser. UPCOMING: Escape From Reality: A Group Exhibition Featuring Surrealistic & Abstract Paintings. Also, recent paintings by Anastasia Dukhanina, Randall Lake, Bryan Mark Taylor, and Mark Slusser.
GALLERY AT LIBRARY SQUARE UP:Traveller: Paintings by Alexander Hraefn Morris. . AND: Where the Soul Lives: Paintings by Catherine Downing.
SPRAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Contemporary Antiquity: The Art of Bromoil by Elise LaJeunesse.
CHAPMAN BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Spirits of the Season: Paintings and puppets by Mary Anne Heider.
SWEET BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Painted Patterns: Paintings by Susan Slade.
15th STREET GALLERY UP: An eclectic group of talented artists including Brad Overton, Rachel Pettit, Darryl Erdmann, Aaron Bushnell, Laura Boardman, Paris Gerrard, Lindsay Frei, Trent Call and Courtney Derrick. UPCOMING: Featuring artists Anne Wolfer, Jill Barton and Blake Luther
ATELIER AFA UP: Cowboys, Indians and Angels, limited edition giclée prints by fine art photographer Portia Snow. UPCOMING: Something for All Seasons, watercolor and pastel giclée reproductions by Stephen Peterson.
Introducing Greg Gorsuch, bright colorful abstract oils on canvas. Also, new works by Mark Lee, beautiful blown glass chopsticks and delicate rice bowls.
MESTIZO INSTITUTE OF CULTURE AND ARTS GALLERY UP: SELF_Created: Identity Today, a multi-media exhibition that critically investigates the role of artistic self-identity in contemporary visual culture.
LOCAL COLORS OF UTAH UP: Escape to the Mediterranean via Stacy Tonozzi’s wonderful travel photographs and Ruth Kadas’ exotic jewelry. Come to Local Colors Gallery and experience for yourself the vivid and varied Colors of the Mediterranean. UPCOMING: A Tale to Tell, featuring the whimsical paintings and collages of Catherine Darling Hostetter and Melody Johnson.
URBAN ARTS GALLERY UP: Urban Alchemists, featuring the work of SRIL, KUHR, Scott Filipiak, Preston Grimes, Liza Julie, Cory Gurney and Christian Rothenhagen. UPCOMING: Hallows Eve, showcasing the darker side of contemporary and urban arts. Featuring works by Chris Madsen, Dave Borba, Adrian Prazen, Jared Knight, Chauncey Secrist, Curtis Hendrickson and Dan Christensen.
UTAH ARTIST HANDS UP: Presenting new work from Ron Russon (see our review page 9) and introducing airbrush artist, Brian Lindley.
A GALLERY UP: Jennifer Rasmusson. UPCOMING: Brent Godfrey. In Personae, Godfrey reflects upon who we are as individuals and communities.|12|
PHILLIPS GALLERY UP: Joe Carter (see our review page 8) and Stephen Seko in the Main Gallery with Harry Taylor in the Dibble Gallery. UPCOMING: Earl Jones (see our profile page 1) and Cordell Taylor.
DAVID ERICSON FINE ART UP: Brian Kershisnik Small Ideas: New Paintings and Drawings.
MODERN WEST FINE ART UP: Arizona based mixed media artist, Dave Newman.
MICHAEL BERRY GALLERY (163 E 300 S; 801-521-0243) UP: Visual Art Institute's 2014 Figure Academy Teen Art Show. 40 different students will be showing their figure drawings and oil paintings produced during this summer's Figure Academy.