Chris Dunker, an MFA graduate of Utah State University, maintains a successful commerical photography business which includes drum scanning and large format inkjet printing as well as copy art and post production services. He is part of the Rio Gallery’s current Grantees Showcase exhibition through March 3rd.
What hangs above your mantel?
I’m real excited about two recent acquisitions, not sure what will go over the mantel as we’re just finishing construction of our house… 1) A set of jugs by Jason Hess who currently teaches pottery at NAU. They’re exquisite and the repetition of the set only strengthens their rhythms. 2) A large winter landscape by Woody Shepherd. His thrilling multi-layered depiction of the natural environment echoes the excitement and energy I realize when I’m outside.
What is the most memorable exhibit you’ve seen recently?
Woody Shepherd’s at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at USU, still on display.
What is your favorite building in Utah (and why)?
Currently, my favorite building is the remains of the power plant at Geneva Steel in Vineyard. The way the sunlight filters through the mist from Utah Lake causes the pastels of the recently exposed interior to glow, it is an intense yet soft light. I find real beauty in industrial architecture and the reuse of industrial structures exemplified by the revitalization of SLC’s industrial west side I love the simple architecture of utility and the patina of time and industry. The power plant is the final significant structure at Geneva Steel. Buildings in a transitional state also hold a special interest to me.
This is our chance to check in with members of Utah’s art community to see what they’ve been reading, seeing, doing.