Up & Upcoming to the South
St. George Art Museum UP: Close to Home, Our Own Spectacular National Parks 2016, part of the National Park Service Centennial – Uniting America: 100 Years on Common Ground. The show features a juried exhibition of works depicting the national parks of souther Utah, southern Nevada, northern Arizona, southwest Colorado and northwestern New Mexico. The museum's website features images of the works in the exhibit along with audio recordings from the artists talking about the works. AND: Painted Parks: landscape paintings by Erin Hanson that captures the grandeur, beauty and natural grace of America's protected landscapes has led to an increasing popularity among impressionist collectors (see our article from February 2016).
Granary Art Center UP: 7 Steps Forward, 7 Steps Back. V. Kim Martinez physically traversed routes used by Mexican/Native American migrants for thousands of years along the now United States and Mexico border to inform her work. AND: Positive Space of Silence, a body of work by Sandy Brunvand that focuses on marks and the potential they hold to both encode and decode information. In this case the marks inherent in the player piano scrolls used as a substrate are negative marks. AND: Portable Sanctuaries features performance pieces by Beth Krensky that are part of a larger series of portable sanctuaries that are intended to respond to the natural or built environment while providing a refuge—a space within a space. UPCOMING: Beyond Structure: Representations of the American Barn, curated by Jason Lanegan, features artists who utilize the image of a barn in their work because of its place in the vernacular landscape. Whether idealized or captured in a state of decay, these gifted artists recognize that these seminal buildings are reminders of a way of life that these structures supported and sustained. AND: Time Spent That Might Otherwise Be Forgotten, a series of works by Diane Meyer in which cross stitch embroidery has been sewn directly into family photographs. The images are broken down and reformed through the embroidery into a hand-sewn pixel structure. As areas of the image are concealed by the embroidery, small, seemingly trivial details emerge while the larger picture and context are erased.
Springville Museum of Art UP: Russian Stories, Soviet Ideals explores the duality of the ideals of the centralized Soviet government and the realities of everyday life for the Russian (and non-Russian) people. AND: Here, There and Everywhere examines how “spaces” become “places” — locations invested with meaning. Shown together, the diverse depictions of place by Joshua Clare, Mark England, Karen Horne, Jeff Pugh, Brittany Scott, and Justin Wheatley ask how place connects to identity, power and perspective. AND: Running simultaneously with Here, There, and Everywhere this contemporary show by Levi Jackson explores the other side of place – the forgotten spaces and disregarded landscapes of the American West. AND: 92nd annual Spring Salon, featuring over 250 works in a variety of mediums and style by Utah artists including award-winners Mark B. Goodson, Phoebe Janet Berrey, Wendy S. Chidester, and
Brigham Young University Museum of Art UP: in the e.g. gallery, Smile by Kehinde Wiley, a video in which seventeen young men were asked to smile unceasingly in front of a camera for one hour. AND: Branding the American West: Paintings and Film 1900-1950 examines collectively the imaging of the American West by members of the New Mexican Taos Society of Artists and the California-based artist, Maynard Dixon (see page 2). AND: Capturing the Canyon: Artists in the National Parks, a celebration of 100 years of art from Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Arches, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands (see page 7). AND: Reality Reorganized: Walter Askin and Wayne Kimball’s Mysterious Discursions
two Utah printmakers prove that there is room for wonder and whimsy in the contemporary art world.
BYU Harold B. Lee Library UP: Rose Marie Reid: Glamour by Design. Level 1, Special Collections.
Woodbury Art Museum UP: Art of Our Century, featuring contemporary artist and illustrator Brand Holland.