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March 2015
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Artists of Utah Projects
It's going to take some getting used to
Christopher Kelly and Jared Steffensen in the Artists of Utah co-lab space

During the month of February we turned over the keys to a large work space at Poor Yorick Studios to Utah artists Christopher Kelly and Jared Steffensen.

We had no idea what they were going to do with it.

Neither did they.

They brought their individual artist perspectives and a load of left over materials to the 600 square foot space and began building. The results are on view this week.

You can stop in the space Tuesday - Thursday, 12 - 6 pm and watch as they put the finishing touches on their project, "It's going to take some getting used to."

And join us Friday, March 6th, from 6-9 pm for a reception with the artists.

Poor Yorick Studios is located at 126 West Crystal Avenue (2590 South) in South Salt Lake. Look for the red doors and chairs on the south side of the building.


Exhibition Review: Salt Lake City
Less is More
Alexander Morris at Alderwood Fine Art

Five Tales by Alexander Hraefn Morris

Inspiration comes from many places, and what inspires an artist to create may not be the same thing that inspires a viewer to appreciate, but the power of good art is that ability to act as a mediator, as a go-between, from the source of initial artistic inspiration to the work’s ability to inspire something in those that view it.

Since graduating from the University of Utah with a Howard Clark Scholarship and receiving “Best of Show” at the U’s BFA exhibition, Alexander Morris continues to be inspired, staging two extremely successful shows in as many years, first at the U’s Gittins Gallery (see our article here) and then at the Salt Lake City Main Library. This week he unveiled 18 new works at Alderwood Fine Art in an exhibit that is a return to and amplification of the raven metaphor that has inspired Morris’ previous work.

Morris’ use of the raven, or wolf-bird, as personal totem dates back to his childhood imagination and role-playing games and has served to ground his layered, mostly abstract canvases. The metaphor of “Conspiracy in the Sky” is a recent occurrence that came about when Morris, once again in the wilds, gazed into the sky above and found a mass of ravens — what ornithologists call an unkindness, a constable or a conspiracy — saturating the atmosphere, their circular patterns of flight, their diving sweeps, and churning, swooping curls encompassing the sky. This awesome sight, and the artist’s absorbing, contemplating and evocative reconnection with his own childhood experience has led to a now visceral, passionate art-making expression.

But don’t think for a moment that Morris has painted ravens in the sky for his new show; the act of mimicry is not the stuff of inspiration. Morris, now well-known for a reductive painting that explores the inner fabric of the qualities and possibilities of paint itself, makes use of his metaphor, and channels the essences he finds in the richness and subtlety of nuanced color, the depth he finds in the grain of texture, and the sublime he experiences as his paintings take flight like a swooping conspiracy of ravens. It is an act of spiritual, emotional, and intellectual transcendence for the artist who has revisited the reality of the truth of his life and embraces the reality and truth of the present.

In works like “Welkin,” an archaic term for the sky, or “Five Tales,” a reference to the raven’s role as storyteller, the viewer may not know anything of the wolf-bird and the metaphor of ravens in the sky, but their appreciation need not be diminished by this. As they find absorption in the rhythmic qualities of the textural patterns, find an emotional connection with the ethereality of weightless color —which can be connected with emotionally and be emotionally transporting and non-domineering — and discover a universe of intellectual connectivity with their own “conspiracies in the sky,” they may see their own youthful “birds of prey” and discover the reality of the truth of their own life and embrace this reality and truth of their present. This is inspiration.

15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors

Simon BlundellSimon Blundell is a Salt Lake native and has studied art, communication, journalism, design, and advertising. He has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and continues to explore photography and art in all its aspects.

Ehren ClarkEhren Clark studied art history at both the University of Utah and the University of Reading in the UK. He is now a professional writer.

Tim EricksonTim Erickson is a poet and teacher in Salt Lake City. His poems and reviews have appeared in Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, Mudfish, and elsewhere. His first collection, Egopolis, will be published this March by Otis Books | Seismicity Editions. 

Scotti HillAmy Falls holds a BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah and works as an independent dancer and choreographer in Salt Lake City.

Scotti HillScotti Hill is an art historian based in Salt Lake City Utah. She teaches art history courses at the University of Utah and is gallery manager at Modern West Fine Art.

Ann PooreAnn Poore is a freelance writer and editor who spent most of her career at The Salt Lake Tribune. She also worked for Salt Lake City Weekly and has written for such publications as Utah Business Magazine and Salt Lake Magazine.

Shawn RossiterShawn Rossiter, a native of Boston, was raised on the East Coast. He has degrees in English, French and Italian Literature. A professional artist and writer, he founded Artists of Utah in 2001 and is editor of its magazine, 15 Bytes.

Amie TulliusWill Thompson is a local photographer who specializes in work that is textural, intimate, and speaks to the space in our subconscious that seeks peace and tranquility. His work ranges from portraiture to abstract fine art.

Amie TulliusAmie Tullius moved to Utah after finishing an MFA in Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2006. She writes fiction, essays, and is also the director of sales at J GO Gallery in Park City.

Geoff WichertGeoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.


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is published monthly by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization located in Salt Lake City Utah. The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of 15 Bytes or Artists of Utah. Our editions are published monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Our deadline for submissions is the last Wednesday of the preceding month.

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