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June 2012
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Oonju Chun at Finch Lane
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Up & Upcoming: Salt Lake Area
Up & Upcoming This Month
ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UP: Sculpture by Brian Christensen and paintings by Oonju Chun.|0| Brian Christensen’s exhibit, consisting of two small sculpture installations and several pedestal and wall sculptures, explores "the minimal space between conscious and subconscious perception"(see our review in the May edition) |1|. Oonju Chun's newest oil paintings are characterized by gestural brush strokes that hold a quick juxtaposition of value against color and soft edges against hard edges. UPCOMING: Artists Catherine Downing, Tawni Shuler and Nancy Steel-Makasci title their exhibit The Power of Place and explore their individual relationship to ‘place’ incorporating painting, mixed media and printmaking. “Not necessarily traditional landscape,” note the artists, “we have broadened our approach to include: culture, habit, artifact, dialogue." AND: Vance Mellen’s mixed-media paintings, sculptures and videos explore the thin line between “what is” and “what might have been.” A self-described “stay-at-home prophet,” his work deals with the nexus of fatherhood and sometimes darkly ironic religious themes: death, resurrection, chance, prophecy, and visions, carried to absurdist extremes.

PHILLIPS GALLERY UP: Sculpture by Cordell Taylor and paintings by Lori Nelson. In this exhibit, Taylor focuses on geometric form, combining his impeccable forging ability with a keen eye for capturing the simplicity of the cube as it relates to contrasting textures, balance and design.|2| Nelson paints about her urban neighbors' lives as interpreted through windows. “In painting, as in life, I am inevitably drawn to the awkward, the second-hand, the small. The smile that betrays something, the person with an insignificant job to do, a slight sideways glance.... In these, the potential reaction is always in question and an element of danger exists in a microscopic moment.”|3| AND: In the Dibble Gallery, Randee Levine follows the abstract expressionist movement allowing the laying down of one color to inform the next. Through the process of making gestures she responds viscerally to the language of each canvas. UPCOMING: Heather Barron.

HOUSE GALLERY UP: Addressing economic and financial issues plaguing our society, Belgian artist Emilie Duval’s work in Processing Society speaks subtly, yet carries heavy implications. Her seemingly colorful, pleasant drawings of light-hearted bunnies, deer and sheep carry darker undertones -- messages of control, power, and economic discord.|4|
UMFA UP: salt 5: Daniel Everett. In his installation, Everett contemplates the changing role of now-obsolete technologies by repurposing them and putting them to use in fresh and inventive ways (see our review in the May edition). |5| AND: Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile explores the art of the automobile, featuring antique and vintage racing cars that exemplify the beauty of vehicles designed for speed. Artistry and engineering come together in these functional yet highly crafted works of art. AND: Photo Finish showcases the diversity of ways artists have depicted and interpreted the omnipresent automobile.

UP:FAX, guest curated by João Ribas and co-organized by The Drawing Center and Independent Curators International, has traveled world-wide, amassing faxes in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.|6| AND: Mark Hedengren’s The Invincibility Fable is featured in round 3 of the Locals Only Gallery. The exhibit is a survey of over 30 color photographs taken from Hedengren's “Cliff Jumpers” series that depict the exuberant youth culture found at swimming holes across the American South and Mountain West.|7| AND: In Casting Jesus, Christian Jankowski allows the viewer to become a fly on the wall, observing as a distinguished panel of representatives from the Vatican engage in the process of casting actors in the role of Jesus Christ.
|8| AND: Situated between Homer, Twitter, and the singing telegram, Cantastoria is an exploration of how contemporary artists communicate histories and culture using languages, messengers, and witnesses as creative material. This exhibition explores the notion of the cantastoria as a metaphor across cultures and specifically within contemporary art.

NOX CONTEMPORARY UP: Neil Hadlock: Nineteen-Ninety to Now features a sample of Neil Hadlock’s sculpture, paintings, and works on paper produced over the past two decades (see our May edition).|9|

MESTIZO ARTS UP: In Dollar Daze NYC-based artists, Michael Pribich and Esperanza Cortes use popular culture references to examine how present day economics, immigration policy, labor issues, and hybridization affect the human condition of the working class in the United States. The installations, which employ sculpture, collage and sound elements, emphasize the importance of dreams and desire to overcome the struggle presented by everyday obstacles.|10| UPCOMING: Making a departure from her prior science-based works, Amy Caron's new solo show at the Mestizo Gallery delves into contemporary craft and draws inspiration from Mexican folk and decorative arts. |11|

GALLERY AT LIBRARY SQUARE UP: (Re)Affirming Visions by Chicana artist Veronica Perez offers representations and stories of indigenous pasts, present day issues and future concerns which often go unaddressed. UPCOMING: Expressions in Color, featuring the work of painter Pilar Pobil, in conjunction with the Utah Arts Festival.

UP: A grouping of three exhibits: Thangka Paintings, Tibetan religious paintings offering a beautiful manifestation of the divine, photographs of Nepal by Carmen Fournier,|12| and the rare ethnographic jewelry of Jacki Marsh of Rabbask Designs.|13| UPCOMING: “Art and Sole”, recent clay fish works by Randi Lile. |14|

WILLIAMS FINE ART UPCOMING: Greatly contrasting in both subject and style, the well-loved artists Morgan Coleman and Stephanie Deer will be co-exhibiting a show beginning with June's Gallery Stroll. |15|

ALPINE ART UP: Featuring works from local artists that evoke the colors, scenery, and emotion of springtime in the Mountain-West. UPCOMING: Alpine Art partners with Best Friends Animal Society (formally No More Homeless Pets in Utah) for its third-annual Best Friends exhibit.|16| Bring your pets, local photographer Zoë Rodriguez will be on hand to photograph your furry friend from 6-8pm, and will be taking orders for prints after the event (see our article page 3). Enjoy artwork inspired by pets made by local artists: Leia Bell, Cristall Harper, Corinne Humphrey, Darrell Driver, Kari Egan, Amanda Moore, Zoe Rodriguez, Suzanne Tornquist, Angela Woods, Toni Youngblood.

15th STREET GALLERY UP: Paintings by Tessa Barton and Holly Addi, and sculptures by Josh Toone. UPCOMING: John Bell fuses abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, pop art and many other artistic styles while employing recurring images of iconic pop culture, snippets of news feeds, and social media. Trent Call’s work combines formal academic painting with comics, graffiti, and popular culture. For artist Paris Gerrard, “painting is all about the connection between the hand and the spirit, finding that connection and really following your intuition.

Fine art by illustrators Desarae Lee|17| and David Habben (see our May edition).|18| UPCOMING: Elmer Presslee, in Kayo's new location (see our studio feature page 2).
Stephanie Deer at Williams Fine Art

RIO GALLERY UP: Claudia Sisemore & Friends, an exhibit of works by the artist |19| and filmmaker as well as work by 30 of her peers and former students (see our article in the May edition). UPCOMING: Design Arts annual competition.

UTAH ARTIST HANDS UP: Steve Salget Memorial (1957 - 2008). Work by an exceptional artist in a show of appreciation for the work of the Utah AIDS Foundation.|20| With a special showing of new work by Steven K. Shefield.

ART AT THE MAIN UP: Working like the master painters of the Renaissance, Salt Lake artist Sandy Fullmer layers oil paint until it glows with color and light and creates a sensual experience for the viewer. Fullmer's goal is to paint so realistically that "you smell the roses, taste the pears, or feel the sun hitting the objects in the picture," she says. The goal is achieved over and over in her richly realistic paintings. UPCOMING: "Fifteen artists, fifteen styles" sums up the group show featuring the varied works of its fifteen member artists.

UTAH CULTURAL CELEBRATION CENTER UP: Noticers: The Intersections of Art and Science addresses the integration and collaboration of these two seemingly disparate fields. Both visual arts and hands-on, interactive installations are part of the presentation. The heart of the exhibit features 8 interactive “Art and Science Stations”, each with a particular emphasis.

CAFFE NICHE UP: Patricia Vidour celebrates women and the power of Tango Dance through her paintings.


SPRAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY UPCOMING: Efflorscent Light, an exhibit of photographs by Rachael Carver, features intimate, chiaroscuo portraits of flowers.

CHAPMAN BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Smashing Art, mosaic art by Debby Chavez.
The Little Guys: The Young and the Small, landscape and wildlife photographs by Brad Clinch focusing on the smaller aspects.

SWEET BRANCH LIBRARY UPCOMING: Michael Bernard's acrylic paintings on panel reveal the artist's process of destroying and repairing his surfaces.

MICHAEL BERRY GALLERY (163 E Broadway (300 S); 801-521-0243) UP: Glimpse, a fiber art installation by the Utah Surface Design Group.

UAF GALLERY UP: Particulation/Caught Up in the Moment with Christine McDonough, Michelle Condrat and Kim Blackburn.

A GALLERY UP: Contemporary landscapes by Andy Taylor. UPCOMING: Summer Solstice group exhibition.

DAVID ERICSON FINE ART UP: New works by Michael Workman and Ron Richmond.

RIO GRAND CAFE (270 S. Rio Grande Street) UP:

SOUTHAM GALLERY (152 S. Main) UPCOMING: Past Governor's Art Award Winner, A.D. Shaw, highlights the Back Roads and Small Towns of Utah.

LOCAL COLORS UP: Three featured artists: Josh Ray, digital painting; Jeff Clay, photography; and Holly Tanski, jewelry.

SLUSSER GALLERY UPCOMING: An exhibition of landscape and still life paintings in a contemporary realist style by Utah artists.

BLONDE GRIZZLY UP: May the Force Be With You, a Star Wars themed show featuring local artists. UPCOMING: Local tattoo artists, Rick McGrath and Miss Amanda.

ART ACCESS GALLERIES UP: 300 Plates exhibit featuring artwork by scores of Utah artists. AND: Mixed Media by Todd Anderson. UPCOMING: Oils on aluminum plates by Paul Vincent Bernard (see our profile page 1) and historical ceramic collages by E. Clark Marshall as well as mixed-media by Marina Alexandrescu in the Access II Gallery.

HORNE FINE ART UP: Embrace summer at the gallery- travel the state and beyond with Phyllis Horne, with paintings of fertile pastures, cooling lakes, and dramatic redrock. Enjoy dappled patio and cafe scenes by Karen Horne. Dip into pools by Jamie Wayman.

SLC ARTS HUB UPCOMING: The second annual Urban Arts Festival features over 100 artists displaying everything from paintings, photography, and prints to jewelry, clothing, and sculpture; 30 different musical groups, dance performances, skateboard demonstrations, and live painting demonstrations.

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