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December 2015
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Up & Upcoming: Salt Lake Area
Up & Upcoming This Month

RIO GALLERY UP: Utah Arts & Museums will host its annual statewide exhibition Utah 2015: Photography, Craft, Video & Digital Works. Visual Arts Program Manager Felicia Baca said, “As we open Statewide Annual ‘15, we also celebrate 116 years of juried exhibitions and competition opportunities from Utah Arts & Museums. As the first state-funded arts council in the nation, whose core is founded on exhibition making, collections, and education, our history is one that Utah has much to be proud of. In recent years we have seen a record number of entries for Statewide Annual, as well increased diversity in the media submitted. This is an exciting signifier about the community of artists living and working across the state.”

UTAH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART UP: Grandma's Cupboard. Between 1985 and 1995, Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler produced some of the most profound conceptual art projects of the late 20th century. Ranging from socially engaged works and site-specific installations to drawings and mixed media sculptures, Ericson and Ziegler redefined public art in a way that was welcoming to a diverse set of communities through their use of serial form, wit, and poetic language (see our review in the September 2015 edition). AND: 2015 Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting, Firelei Báez. Tracing the history of social movements in the United States and the Caribbean, Patterns of Resistance presents a series of new works by Báez that are inspired by lineages of black resistance. Here, Báez interweaves the lives of 18th-century black women in Louisiana and the Cuban roots of the Latin American azabache with symbols used in the U.S. during the tumultuous 1960s, such as the panther or the raised fist (see our review in the November 2015 edition). AND: Ben Gaulon: Corrupt.Yourself. As Utah continues to make rapid technological advancements, questions regarding the adverse implications of massive e-waste and shifting consumer trends pervade. In response to these contemporary issues and their impending consequences, Gaulon creates work founded on social practice, engagement, and collaboration. These projects are appropriately centered on and manifested around our present Digital Age, featuring repurposed e-waste and taking advantage of the Internet's open-source configuration. AND: Tyrone Davies, IN CAMERA. In Davies' installation, viewers are presented with an array of video mashups. Hollywood films are interjected with the writings of Samuel Beckett and Albert Camus, while Eastern meditative practices and commercial amusements vie for attention via sports broadcasts. Audiences are left simultaneously thrilled and overwhelmed by IN CAMERA's exploration of and statement on the struggle to maintain balance in the face of such motley explanations about the nature of existence. AND: Every Now And Then I Fall Apart by current artist-in-residence Jean Richardson. In her installation, Richardson explores not only the idea of using found objects, but also the inherent meaning--the found meaning--behind such items. For Richardson, much of her exhibition is grounded in the surprisingly poetic instructions that accompany each life vest.

UMFA UP: Drawn from the remarkable collection of Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales, The British Passion for Landscape: Masterpieces from National Museum Wales offers visitors a rare opportunity to follow, in a single span, the rise of landscape painting in Britain through works from such masters as Richard Wilson, Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, and Claude Monet. The exhibition unfolds a story that runs from the Industrial Revolution, through the eras of romanticism, impressionism, and modernism, to the postmodern and post-industrial imagery of toda (see our review in the September 2015 edition of 15 Bytes). AND: Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends, the twelfth installment of the UMFA salt series, brings together works on paper, sculptural costumes, and video portraits from the last ten years of Bress's career, is the most significant presentation of the artist's work to date and positions Bress as one of the most innovative, cross-disciplinary artists of our time. The Los Angeles-based artist is known for his fictional anthropomorphic characters, which he brings to life out of thrift-store finds and upholstery foam with casual doodles, cartoon animation, paint, and video cameras (see our review in the October 2015 edition).

CUAC UP: The letter that you’re writing doesn’t mean you’re not dead by Florida-based artists Benjamin Zellmer Bellas and Noelle Mason. In describing a photograph taken by Alexander Gardener, of Lewis Payne before his execution for conspiring to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, Roland Barthes states “He is dead and is going to die.” This exhibition continues the investigation elaborated by Barthes by focusing on the pregnant space between the performance of making and the present act of viewing. As friends and collaborators for over a decade Mason and Zellmer Bellas have worked to interrogate the indexical marks made through personal interaction with materials, sculptural or photographic, and how those interactions become abstractions in the empty space between performative creation and the reception of the subsequent image or object.

CHARLEY HAFEN GALLERY UP: Artwork from the private collection of art historian Thomas M. Alder MA. On Gallery Stroll Friday, Thomas Alder will share his knowledge and the artwork from his private collection featuring some early and some contemporary paintings by Gary E. Smith, Henri Moser circa 1925, Kate Starling, Karl Thomas, Jack Sloan, and LeConte Stewart.
UP: Browse a delightful array of art, from petite to grand, that is perfect for giving, including new ballet dancers and SLC scenes by Karen Horne, landscapes by Ryan Cannon and Phyllis Horne, as well as a powerful series of abstracts by David Maestas. Exquisite fine art greeting cards are also available.

URBAN ARTS GALLERY UP: Surfaced, showcasing the work of six young artists on the rise in the local art scene. Featuring works by Tessa Rose Ryser, Troy Forbush, Sarah Steigers, John Cave, Jillian Lee and Alex D. Hall.

ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UP: 32nd Annual Holiday Craft Market. There are many unique gifts, from dozens of local artists, to give this holiday season including letterpress cards, holiday ornaments, scarves and hats, cups and bowls, jewelry, personal care products, pottery, and art glass. In addition, Season Ticket packages for the 2016 Twilight Concert Series will be available for purchase at a discounted price.

UTAH ARTS FESIVAL GALLERY UP: The Utah Arts Festival Gallery will offer handcrafted jewelry, photography, glass, books, cards, jewelry and clothing made by 30 area artists and artisans during the Holiday Show.

RED BUTTE GARDEN UP: The Glass Art Guild of Utah returns to Red Butte Garden for another stunning show of kiln work and blown glass. Large and small pieces including garden art, decorative boxes, sculptural works, and jewelry pieces will display the brilliant colors of this delightful medium.

ALICE GALLERY UP: Inside: Out. This solo exhibition by Lindsay Frei explores how and why decorative items such as clothing and tattoos mediate our psychological existence. These full-scale figural paintings portray the vulnerability of exposing one’s self to people, both literally and psychologically (see page 1).

ART AT THE MAIN UP: Colors of the Season. Each of AATM's artists will select the icy colors of winter and hot holiday colors to express themselves in their widely varied art forms and techniques of oil, acrylic, watercolor, collage, mosaic, fused glass, adn pottery.

MESTIZO GALLERY UP: Presenting Steps from the Reservation, a series of mixed media pieces by Jicarilla Apache and Navajo artist, Cheryl Sandoval. Originally from New Mexico, Sandoval’s work deals with issues of identity, race, cultural traditions and the history of her people (see page 4).

ARTS OF THE WORLD GALLERY UP: Featuring local crafts of Sylvia Nibley. Inquiry Cards are a favorite go-to gift for thousands of people around the world and they're made right here in Salt Lake by Sylvia Nibley. What if the only thing between you and the answers you're looking for...is the right question? This deck of cards asks YOU questions that instantly connect you to the wisdom that's already inside you. We'll also be highlighting the line of jewelry (not available in any other stores) that matches these beautiful cards so you can wear and gift your favorite questions.


GALLERY AT LIBRARY SQUARE UP: Episodes: Salt Lake City, photogrpahy by Robert Martin. AND: Efflorescent Interference, paintings by Sarina Villareal.

MAIN LIBRARY, LOWER URBAN ROOM UP: 24 Hours in China: Photography from the China Overseas Exchange Association (Part 1).

ANDERSON -FOOTHILL LIBRARY UP:Mostly Wildlife, paintings by Jennifer Jo Deily.

CHAPMAN BRANCH LIBRARY UP: The Colorado Plateau and Other Stories, paintings by Roberto Zavala.

ART ACCESS GALLERIES UP: Holiday Group Exhibit.

SWEET BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Embraced Landscapes, paintings by Sigfredo Mendoza Alonso.

SPRAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Little Monsters, scientific illustrations by Mark Thomas Palfreyman.

GOD HATES ROBOTS UP: Holiday Shit Show, a group show featuring works to be taken off the wall, perfect for your holiday shopping needs!

ART 270 GALLERY UP: Presenting the Landscape Show.

MODERN WEST FINE ART UP: Small Works Show. The show will feature an array of new work by many of the gallery's represented artists.


15th STREET GALLERY UP: Holiday Show with new works from all of gallery artists.

CONCEPT UP: Presenting the work of dozens of local artists, including new glass works by Spectrum Studio and the Utah Glass Art Guild.

A GALLERY UP: Presenting the annual holidAy event, a night of art and celebration and A Gallery’s last event of the year.

DAVID ERICSON FINE ART UP: People and Places, paintings by Jeff Pugh.

LOCAL COLORS GALLERY UP: Marley's Holiday Shoppe, and Best of 2015.


SLUSSER GALLERY UP: Annual Holiday Group Show.

PHILLIPS GALLERY UP: Winter Group Exhibit.

ARTE HAUS COLLECTIF UP: Art of Giving, affordable art pieces that will make the perfect gift along with other gift/holiday items from the dwell shop! Also featuring new work from local artist, Trina Berg and Brooklyn artist, Emily Barletta.

NOSTALGIA CAFE UP: Presenting work by award-winning local photographer Jeff Clay.

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