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Josanne Glass: Comfortably Free

Josanne Glass: Comfortably Free

Like Glass herself, these abstract paintings are cohesive, and the structure allows the color to marry, and to give life and fruition to the other, to “spill over,” to complement, to create an abundance, where each element is a viscous unity of exciting yet controlled elements, alive and fecund. Ehren...

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Brian Blackham

Brian Blackham

I’m practicing my golf stroke every day — showing you the significance of balance and placement and the way that objects look in light . . . I am trying to get better at presenting the thing that I find beautiful, and what I find beautiful is trying to re-create...

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Installation in Salt Lake

Installation in Salt Lake

Throughout human history, would-be invaders have been absorbed by, and have disappeared among, those they sought to displace. Why shouldn’t the best ideas of modern and contemporary art invigorate Utah’s characteristically vigorous, usefully traditional voice? Geoff Wichert explores installation in the local scene in the August 2014 edition of 15...

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The Double World: A Survey of Spiral Jetty's Stewardship

The Double World: A Survey of Spiral Jetty’s Stewardship

Spiral Jetty is surrounded by the variegated topography of the Great Basin and by equally varied land ownership. Immobile in the natural environment, no material markers delineate property lines for the 10 acres of leased land where Spiral Jetty resides. A “double world” (Smithson 1972: 229) exists of earthwork and...

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The Extraordinary and the Ordinary: The Courthouse Cube

The Extraordinary and the Ordinary: The Courthouse Cube

Wilford Woodruff records that when Brigham Young first saw the Salt Lake Valley he said: “It is enough. This is the right place. Drive on.” Now, 165 years later, the Salt Lake Valley may be the right place and the Design Excellence process may be the right heuristic for producing an...

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Anne Albaugh at 15th Street Gallery

Anne Albaugh at 15th Street Gallery

We can arrive at a colloquial but genuine understanding of the sublime in its original Burkean context as we look and see the work of artist Anne Albaugh, currently on display at 15th Street Gallery in Salt Lake City. That sublime is generated by the artist’s passion, intense sensibility to...

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Linda Sillitoe's The Thieves of Summer

Linda Sillitoe’s The Thieves of Summer

Sillitoe was one of Utah’s most respected journalists before dying in 2010 of an aortic dissection, following a long battle with chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). She was 61 years old. A staff writer for the Deseret News and news feature editor for Utah Holiday magazine, she was...

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Plein Bear Painting: John Hughes’s 2014 Summer Plein Air Adventures

This summer was busy as always, filled with several noteworthy plein air adventures. As a member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters group, I spent two weeks in Grand Teton National Park, painting for our yearly show in the Craig Thomas Visitors Center. The way this show works is that members and guest artists...

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The Great Waldo Kidd: an American Contemporary Realist Painter at Charley Hafen

The Great Waldo Kidd: an American Contemporary Realist Painter at Charley Hafen

  Let’s perhaps take a minute to review how far we’ve come. Late in the twentieth century, a consensus arose that Modernism was dying, if not already dead. This is not as sad as it sounds: the first artist to be called modern was Dante, and he’s also dead. The first modern art movement was...

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Get in on the Comic Con

Get in on the Comic Con

The fight is on to become the geekiest city in the country, and in just one year Salt Lake City has become a major contender for the title. Since it began in 2013, Salt Lake Comic Con has become the third-largest comic convention in the country, trailing behind New York City and San Diego. The...

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Kimball Goes Back to the Drawing Board, and other Mixed Media

Kimball Goes Back to the Drawing Board, and other Mixed Media

Once again, Park City’s Kimball Art Center has had to send their BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) architects back to the drawing board for their 10 million dollar renovation project. The original design, first revealed in early 2012 (see our article here), caused some issues with locals, who took exception to, among other things, its height....

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Governor's Artist Awards - Roland Lee and Craig Jessop

Governor’s Artist Awards – Roland Lee and Craig Jessop

This week, Roland Lee and Craig Jessop were honored with a Governor’s Artist Award medal at the Governor’s Mansion in Salt Lake City. The awards are given annually to a visual artist and performing artist who “have made significant contributions to the arts in Utah.” Governor Gary Herbert and First Lady Jeanette Herbert made the presentations...

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In Memoriam: Sarah Thompson

In Memoriam: Sarah Thompson

It is often only when someone passes that we come to realize the breadth of their influence, and so it was for us, when at a recent memorial service for our colleague and friend Sarah Thompson, we came to understand the variety of people whose lives she touched. From the comments by members of the...

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A Screening of The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company: A Film by Claudia Sisemore

A Screening of The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company: A Film by Claudia Sisemore

It’s an institution that has been in the state for more than a half century, one that has attracted national and international acclaim, and one that elicits, from local cognoscenti, fierce loyalties. But chances are most Utahns don’t even know about it; or if they do, it’s more by word of mouth than by actual...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Star Coulbrooke

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Star Coulbrooke

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Each first Sunday of the month, 15 Bytes offers works-in-progress and / or recently published work by some of the state’s most celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and memoir. Today, 15 Bytes features Cache Valley-based...

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Domestic Interiors: Mary Sauer & The Pressure of Perfection, in the Gittins Gallery at the U of U

Domestic Interiors: Mary Sauer & The Pressure of Perfection, in the Gittins Gallery at the U of U

‘If love is a story we tell ourselves then I had the story wrong. Or maybe passion is just, and always, a wrong-headed thing.’ — Anne Enright Either it’s becoming increasingly evident as we learn more about our species, or at least it’s become part of the myth of our time, that the things we...

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"Tinisima" by Tina Modotti: Too Hot to Handle

“Tinisima” by Tina Modotti: Too Hot to Handle

Artes de México en Utah promotes the appreciation of Mexican art through art exhibits, cultural activities, and educational programs. This summer the non-profit which earlier gave us the art exhibit of Frida Khalo is, again, partnering with the Salt Lake City Public Library through its Amigos y Libros (Friends and books) club to read and...

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2014 15 Bytes Book Awards

2014 15 Bytes Book Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2014 15 Bytes Book Awards. The 15 Bytes Book Awards, currently in its second year, celebrates exceptional books of poetry, fiction and visual art published in the previous calendar year based on each book’s quality/craftsmanship of writing, level of engagement and how it uniquely represents the state of Utah...

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Karen Horne: Night and Day

Karen Horne: Night and Day

 In his 1863 essay “The Painter of Modern Life,” Charles Baudelaire stated that ‘modernity’ required, “above all a man of the world to fulfill. He has every-where sought after the fugitive, fleeting beauty of present-day life, the distinguishing character of that quality which, with the reader’s kind permission, we have called ‘modernity’. Often weird, violent...

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