Artist Profiles

Utah Artist Profiles published in 15 Bytes, featuring magazine length profiles of Utah artists.

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Artist Profile: Jared Lindsay Clark

Jared Lindsay Clark is one of three artists chosen to inaugurate the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s (UMOCA) artists-in-residence program. Along with Brian Patterson and Mary Toscano, Clark will have access to national curators and critics, workshops in professional development, monthly critiques, special access to visiting artists and […]

Artist Profiles | Visual Arts

Dan Vu

Dan Vu, a student at the University of Utah, discusses his work. He is exhibiting this month in Artists of Utah’s 35×35 exhibit at Finch Lane Gallery. Shawn RossiterThe founder of Artists of Utah and editor of its online magazine, 15 Bytes, Shawn Rossiter has undergraduate degrees in […]

Artist Profiles | Visual Arts

Faux Naive: A Conversation with Andrew Ballstaedt, Fidalis Buehler and Brian Kershisnik.

Maybe “faux-naïve” art is nothing more than what you’d imagine: simple, modest works by trained artists who choose to draw and paint in a seemingly juvenile manner despite their higher education in the Arts. But maybe there’s something more to this art tradition; maybe there are greater reasons for its emerging momentum in the contemporary art scene other than an ever-present irony or a giggle-factor. Because of its consciously contrived nature, some contend that faux-naïve is borderline-kitsch, insincere and premeditated art, but the works of Andrew Ballstaedt, Fidalis Buehler, and Brian Kershisnik—three of Utah’s finest folk artists making a name for themselves as American contemporary faux-naïvists—show the positive side of contrivance, that faux-naïve can provoke feelings of nostalgia and insight into real emotions, focusing our attention on adolescent memories or spiritual innocence alluded to in their works rather than on the lack of complexity, precision, or realism often sought after by aficionados of conventional, believable art.