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June 2012
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper


Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Studio Space: Salt Lake
Elmer Presslee's Head

Elmer Presslee's head is an urban legend. The true kind. At an exhibit in Cologne, Presslee sold out an entire show except one large piece he was loath to ship back home to Salt Lake. His elegant and playful solution was to transport the piece, known then by the title "Mid-life Crisis Middle American Olmec Style," on a skateboard and leave it outside the Cologne Cathedral. After the discarded art object created a stir -- a bomb might be inside! -- Presslee avoided considerable trouble (and possible prosecution) when a reporter from the local newspaper Bild took up the story, and the artwork. Bild adopted the piece, now known as "Cult Head," and began touring it around local landmarks. It even made it on German TV.

Presslee, whose Millcreek home Shalee Cooper visited for this month's photo essay, will be showing a batch of new work at the new Kayo Gallery this month. Stop in and buy something before it ends up in front of the temple.

Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
 
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
 
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
 
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper
Inside Elmer Presslee's Millcreek studio, photo by Shalee Cooper


On the Spot
Salt Lake's Julie Dunker

Emily Johnson

Julie Dunker grew up in Ridgecrest, CA, a small town in the Mojave desert where the China Lake Naval Weapons Center developed and tested weapons during the cold war. It was there, she says, that she developed an interest in the power of language. A move to New Mexico, where she heard the sounds of Spanish, Navajo and English all around her, strengthened her understanding of the beauty of language.

translate language into paintings using color and texture. My paintings also have an architectural element to them because I enjoy wrestling with the idea of placing language into a context."

Today she continues to develop systems to document the languages she hears in Salt Lake City. Since 2009 she has operated House Gallery, a space that began in a living room and now occupies an exciting nook along Salt Lake's 4th South.


The permanent collection of paintings at LACMA. I have seen it a million times, but last month I got to revisit it with a whole different perspective. There was a major clash of ideas being played out upon the canvases that I had never really acknowledged before. I used to see the paintings simply as an artifact of art history, but this time not only was I was seeing references to contemporary artists, but I was also seeing the transformation of paintings as belief symbols to status symbols to representations of human conquest. My friend pointed out that "The Garden of Earthly Delights" which was completed in 1490 pre-dates this whole collection of paintings yet contains all the ideas that are signified in the LACMA painting collection. And -- the evolution of depicted emotions in the paintings was staggering.

design element

design elementRight now I am reading The Location of Culture by Homi Bhabha. It is a pretty interesting book about the categorization of people. I also just read a book called The Caliph's House by Tahir Shah- it was a fun book about a writer who moves his family to Morocco to remodel a spontaneous house purchase. I’m reading a lot more now that I don’t have a television.

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eThere was a piece by Marta Beckett that really had an impact on my decision to investigate painting. She had painted a scene of a lady bartender waiting to serve drinks to customers at a bar. The colors were a muted green/ brown and even the red on her clothing was a little bit subdued. The painting is about 1.5 ft. high by 2 ft. wide. I always thought it strange that people didn’t just take a photograph-- I began to question the purpose of painting. The figure was looking towards something that was located off of the canvas -- and she was so still, indicated by her two hands placed symmetrically and solidly upon the bar countertop. It was as though she was solemnly waiting for something to set her into motion…


Join the 15 Bytes Team

The content you see in this magazine is provided by a fluid group of volunteers whose ability with the pen or camera is matched by their curiosity and enthusiasm for Utah's art world. 15 Bytes is an open community forum. If you are interested in writing an article, or providing images for our magazine contact editor Shawn Rossiter at editor@artistsofutah.org

 
15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors this edition
Tom AlderSimon 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. He loves music, literature, film, good food, travel, and motorcycles.

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.


Anne CummingsAnne Cummings is co-owner of (a)perture-- a Salt Lake based creative agency, a free-lance writer, curator and photographer who has always possessed a passion for narrative photography and has focused on social commentary that reflects the human condition. Her photography has been exhibited in several group and solo shows in Salt Lake City.


Shalee CooperShalee Cooper is a freelance photographer and curator. She is the Image Editor of 15 Bytes Magazine and an Associate Instructor at the University of Utah.

Nan EllinNan Ellin is Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah where she leads the Salt Lake City Workshop, a seeding ground for placemaking and community-building. Nan serves on the Board of the Utah Center for Architecture and the Mayors’ Cultural Core Committee. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Design from Columbia University and her books include Postmodern Urbanism, Architecture of Fear, Integral Urbanism, Phx: 21st Century City, and the forthcoming Good Urbanism.

Sheryl GillilanSheryl Gillilan received her B.A. in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College, and Masters in both Social Services and Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College. She is an award-winning quilt artist and the Executive Director for Art Access.

John HughesJohn Hughes is an award-winning artist and teacher who has been painting the landscape both in and out of the studio since 1983. He maintains a studio in Taylorsville and teaches students in private workshops and in a course at Salt Lake Community College.


Gerry JohnsonGerry Johnson was an engineer in a past life. A former film, now digital photographer, his work over the last 3 years has been "to capture the 'moments of beauty' that surround each of us in our daily lives, and present them to the viewer in a way that they can also experience the spirit of beauty."

Alexandra KarlAlexandra Karl did a BFA in Ottawa (Canada) and then spent ten years studying art history in Europe. She worked at Munich's Lenbachhaus for five years while completing her Masters, and received her PhD in the History of Art from Cambridge. She has taught at the U, the McGillis School and Congregation Kol Ami. She has led tours to the Spiral Jetty and Frank Lloyd Wright's Stromquist House. She believes a vigorous art scene is essential to any thriving society

Sue MartinSue Martin holds an M.A. in Theatre and has worked in public relations. As an artist, she works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic to capture Utah landscapes or the beauty of everyday objects in still life.


Frank McEntireZoe Rodriguez, a native of San Francisco, is a full-time photographer and designer. She is currently working on What I Thought I Saw, a book project that challenges our perceptions of how we see people.


Shawn RossiterShawn Rossiter, a native of Boston, was raised on the East Coast. He has degrees in English, French and Italian Literature. He dropped out of a Masters program in Contemporary Literature to pursue a career as an artist. He founded Artists of Utah in 2001 and is editor of its magazine, 15 Bytes.


Dale ThompsonDale Thompson has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College. Her writing career includes work for a local theatre, journalism in Park City, and freelance contributions for various nonprofit organizations.

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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