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Brian Snapp, photo by Simon Blundell.

Artist Profile: Manti
With Passion for Art
The life and art of Kaziah Hancock, The Goat Woman

She’s known for goats and for soldiers. The first she has raised for years on her ranch south of Manti, where she’s been given the nickname The Goat Woman: she bears the moniker proudly, her affection for the animals going back to an almost mythical origin story, her birth on a remote homestead in northern Arizona and the goat milk that kept her alive in that barren desert. The latter she has painted over the past decade, by the hundreds, service men and women who have fallen in foreign wars or succumbed to depression and suicide at home, the paintings given to the grieving families: Project Compassion has garnered Kaziah Hancock praise and attention from across the country, as well as recognition and numerous awards, but as a retrospective of her work now at Spring City reminds us, her artistic interests are varied, from narrative paintings on the struggles of life, to joyous landscapes, inventive portraits and a recent series of paintings celebrating pop icons.

Music: Artist Profile
Music on the Mountain
Katie Porter and Devin Maxwell experiment with new music in Listen/Space

The year was 2003. Hundreds of sound designers, composers, and musicians were gathering at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose to network and share ideas on the gaming industry and, specifically, game audio and interactive music. The Game Audio Network Guild was hosting its first annual awards and Katie Porter and Devin Maxwell, MFA graduates from the California Institute of Arts who were recently married, had been invited two weeks earlier to open the ceremony with a performance. Devin had arranged some old video game songs for bass, clarinet and xylophone and once they started playing Ms. Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros., the crowd went nuts. While playing this music live on their instruments seemed perfectly normal to Katie and Devin, the audience was hearing the music of their childhood in an unexpected way.  The couple became famous overnight and the gig gave them work and a career path they couldn’t have anticipated — from big money in the ringtone business to an experimental music project in the mountains around Park City.

Exhibition Review: Provo
Don't Jump to Conclusions
The works of Walter Askin and Wayne Kimball invite interpretive play

When Walter Askin was a child, he gravitated to the small roses on the wallpaper in his childhood home—but only because the pattern inspired him to draw small boats, figures, and other objects inside the roses. After his mother expressed her ire over Walter’s decorating efforts, he realized the power of art, later saying, “There was this turbulence about it, and it did gain reactions.”

By contrast, Wayne Kimball discovered art later in life, taking an art class during junior high and a course in ceramics as a freshman in college. After considering other “more practical” majors, he completed his undergraduate degree in art and turned to his true love, lithography, during grad school.

As often occurs in the art world, the paths of Askin and Kimball eventually converged, leading to a lasting friendship and several collaborations. Visitors to the exhibit Reality Reorganized, now at the BYU Museum of Art, will quickly discover that the artists are kindred spirits who celebrate humor and whimsy in their artworks. “Random, playful, and lighthearted” are additional descriptors one could easily append to a review. This is certainly no stuffed-shirt display of ”Contemporary Art.“ Personal interpretation of each artwork is not only welcome, it’s expected. It is true that all works feature titles and traditional curated descriptions. But the thoughts posted near the entrance say it best: “Searching too deeply for one certain meaning in [these] pictures … may lead you astray.” In other words—don’t jump to conclusions. Just enjoy.

Installation view of seeing the stone by Cara Despain

"Christopher Columbus Returns from the New World with the Four Basic Food Groups to Queen Isabella Levitating and Oskar Kokoschka in a Funk" by Walter Askin
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