J. Michael Redd is a polymath, fluent in the sciences and the arts. He has over twenty years experience as a technical, business and creative writer with an above-average ability to make that which is complex, simple.
Making a shy curtsy — like a Degas ballerina — the bus stop/shelter at the southeast corner of 2505 East Parleys Way is an appropriate welcome and nod of approval for the performance of a new type of building: one that is more than sustainable. This building’s self-image […]
The return of Pink Floyd helped herald the opening of one of Salt Lake City’s newest multi-use art galleries. Pink Floyd is the iconic pink flamingo that around 2004 escaped from an aviary and made his home at Great Salt Lake. For a number of months several attempts […]
There may be a thousand tiny pinholes in the hardwood floor of the chapel area in the old 15th Ward Building at 915 West 100 South, Salt Lake City. The building, with its unique Victorian Gothic revival architecture (think Disney Magic Kingdom castle), was dedicated in the early […]
What silent desert landscapes and mirific skyscapes have we missed in the years Martin Blundell spent at his business — at work in the real world — while his artwork lay fallow? Martin Blundell is a tall, quiet man who can please a small crowd with a deep, […]
Forget the “marketplace of ideas.” I say: put small gloves on ideas, stick ‘em in a cage with an opponent of comparable capabilities and gravitas, and let them “go toes.” Eye to eye. Mano a mano. Mixed Mental Arts Fight Club (MMA FC).
Here’s what I’m talking about: David Ross Scheer’s The Death of Drawing, where the idea-rassle between Drawings and Simulations finds enthusiastic sponsors in philosophical categories like ethics, epistemology and ontology.
Two steps up on the east side of the third floor of Westminster College’s flagship Converse Hall is a small sitting area framed by a steep pedimented gable and the large, east-facing window. Four lounge chairs — three covered in a faded maritime-blue fabric made of knotted-thread polyester […]
In the late 1960s Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke collaborated on a film and a novel, both titled 2001: A Space Odyssey. In each, monoliths inexplicably appear and trigger epic changes, but the monoliths differ between the two media: in Kubrick’s movie, the monoliths are large, black, and […]
In Utah’s newer neighborhoods, it is difficult to tell one LDS meetinghouse from another. A continuing process of central planning and modular design has meant that over the past half-century LDS ward houses have come to look more and more alike: increasingly large parking lots surround a […]
At 40o45’47.2” N 111o53’41.3’W(DMS) is a metal frame constructed of 2”x 2” metal tubing, designed and built by Craft Lake City and operated by the Temporary Museum of Permanent Change (TMPC). Heading east and west from this point, you’ll find twelve identical frames, strung along Salt Lake […]