July 2005
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Exhibition Review
What's Up and Upcoming Around the State

PROVO: Brigham Young University Museum of Art

Adam’s Dream: The Photographs of Rodney Smith, will be on view from July 28, 2005 to January 16, 2006. The exhibition consists of 69 black and white gelatin silver prints drawn from all phases of Smith’s career with a particular emphasis on his commercial work during the 1990s. The images created by photographer Rodney Smith blur the boundary between imagination and reality. And within the surreal, dream-like world that Smith creates in his photographs, viewers can discover singular beauty, sly wit and even poetic truth.

The title of the exhibition is drawn from a passage in an 1817 letter written by the poet John Keats, “The imagination may be compared to Adam’s dream. He awoke and found it truth.” In poetically interpreting “Adam” as “everyman,” both Keats and Smith ponder the human experience of the imagination, dreams, and their connection to the immediacy of the physical world. Dreams can reveal essential truths that have been overlooked or denied by the conscious mind. Smith’s photographs seek after the insight that dreams provide into the experience of reality.

A camera’s eye,” Smith says, “can see the world with more acuity or resolve than your own eye. It can penetrate deeper, it can see sharper, it can give you an insight, a depth that your own eye can’t have.”

The timeless beauty of Smith’s photography is a conscious counterbalance to the brash ugliness of the contemporary media environment. In contrast to the frenzied “realism” of a lot of fashion and advertising photography, Smith creates images that foster a sense of serenity and well-being. “My interest is not in what is new or fashionable, but rather what endures, and is graceful, stylish and beautiful,” Smith says.

Smith’s unique visual language has had great success in the commercial world. He searches for locations outside the studio that have the distinctive architecture and landscape features that will properly frame his vision. His photographs frequently reference other artists, most notably the surrealist painter Rene Magritte. His images carefully balance the elements of design and spontaneity to make Smith’s contrived compositions appear natural. Smith’s unwavering commitment to the science and craft of traditional black and white photography assures that the final photographic print will be an object of refinement and beauty.

“Adam’s Dream: The Photographs of Rodney Smith” will be on view in the Conway A. Ashton & Carl E. Jackman Gallery on the museum’s second floor. This exhibition is free and open to the public during regular museum hours.

-- Christopher Wilson

Disenchanted Forest: Contemporary Art by Johnston Foster,” on view through Sept. 3, 2005, consists of seven sculptures - six of which are equipped with animatronics - made from everyday objects.

Utah County Art Gallery (Utah County Health and Justice Building, 151 S. University, Provo") "Blossoms & Bandlands" featuring new paintings by Jenni Christensen and Royden Card, through July 29.

Terra Nova Gallery: UP: America the Beautiful through July 8th. UPCOMING: Marilyn Read July 15 - August 19, 2005. Opening Reception Friday July 15th from 6-8pm

OREM: UVSC Woodbury Art Museum Friday, July 8th from 6 to 8:30 pm, the Museum will hold an opening reception for The Truth About Real Art, an exhibit of twelve MFA graduates from BYU. This group of painters and sculptors believe homes and offices should house original and affordable art instead of “department store printed pictures.” Their purpose is to expose the community to a wide variety of contemporary styles and media that are reasonably priced with the hope of changing the general population’s attitude about art. “We live in a very conservative place that could possibly be art-phobic,” writes Donna Corno. “Art is creative, truthful, inspiring, and original.” The group meets together four times a year to discuss and critique each other’s work. Since they live and work across the state, these meetings allow them to stay connected. They encourage one another to pursue their art with “passion, vigor and expertise,” as quoted in their exhibition proposal. Corno and eleven others - Brad Taggart, Todd Orchard, Joanne Smith, Nanette Olson, Corey Bowman, Jason Lanegan, Pam Bowman, Cassandra Barney, Brett Larsen, Ron Rogers, and Alta Jaccard – agree their mission is an uphill struggle, but “we’re persistent.” The exhibit runs thru August 26th.

OGDEN: Eccles Community Art Center : Opening July 8th and running through the month of August is the 31st Annual Statewide Competition, a juried exhibit for all Utah artists age 18 and up.

Universe City Department of Visual Arts (2556 Washington Boulevard), opened an exhibit of paintings and sculptures by Heather Heath at the beginning of this month. After a short hiatus, the gallery and exhibit will reopen Wednesday, July 13th. The exhibit features prints, paintings, ceramics and soft sculptures in an assortment that will have something for everyone. She is very proud to exhibit her series, Some Heroes, from her 1993 senior exhibit for the University of Nevada, Reno at Universe City. This series of reduction linoblocks offers a commentary on politics (ironically concerning the “Desert Storm” war in Iraq), business, music, sports, art and “wannabees” After a long time away from the state, teaching and painting in Nevada and California, Heath will be returning to Utah, looking for a home in Ogden, where she feels the art community is vibrant.

Gallery at the Staion (Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave. 629-8446). Sculptures by Nnamdi Okonkwo and paintings by Hadley Rampton through July.

Bartholomew Gallery and Frame. Paintings by Gregg Lloyd, through July.

BOUNTIFUL BDAC UP: Thru July 23rd, proud to present Bountiful Handcart Days, one of our longest running annual shows. Bountiful Handcart Days showcases the artistic abilities and Pioneer heritage of local residents and is one of our most popular shows. The art exhibit is part of a city-wide celebration of the roots and heritage of this Davis County community. The theme for this year is "Pioneer Memories & Vision." New this year, Handcart Days will feature the work of invited artists. Invited artists are George Handrahan, David Koch, Anne Marie Oborn, Garth Oborn, Diane Turner, Simon Winegar, Stan Elmer, Elizabeth Stanley and Myron Laub. There is also a loaned piece by Eric Dowdle called "Faith in Every Footstep".

Lamplight Art Gallery (163 S. Main, Bountiful, 298-0290) — Arne.

ST. GEORGE AREA: St. George Art Museum (47 E. 200 North, St. George, 435-634-5942) Landscape Images: From Actuality to Individuality by Todd Orchard and Tony Cox. Reconnections Bryon Draper Sculptures and Brent Haddock Prints. Both exhibits July 16 to September 10th.

Art Around The Corner (Main and St. George Blvd 435-673-5595). Group show of bronzes including Dennis Smith, Silvia Davis, Laura Bradshaw and L'Deane Trueblood. Thru September.

Brushworks Fine Art Studios & Gallery (61 N. Main 435-673-2723). New works in pastel and oils by Maureen Booth and Annette Everett. Also showing watercolors and sculpture by L'Deane Trueblood.

HEBER: Two Sisters Fine Art Gallery (650 W. 100 South, Heber) New paintings by Karrie Baldwin Penney and new sculpture by Jack Morford.

SPRINGVILLE:Springville Museum of Art: Annual Spring Salon (see June 2005).

Cowan Gallery (101 East 200 South 801 491-3436 ) New works by Jared Ellis and Tyler Davis, thru July.

PARK CITY: Kimball Art Center
UP: Thru July 11, The Utah Opera Costume Retrospective, 21 costumes from 13 different Utah Opera productions on display. Downy Doxey: Fabric of Memory, an exhibition of works by Salt Lake City artist Downy Doxey on display in the Badami Gallery thru July 18. Doxey’s work incorporates fabrics, paints, inks, and found objects to create works that present the everyday patterns of life to the viewer. Also on display, Expressions by Claire Dunaway in the Garage Gallery from June 1- July 18, 2005. This exhbit features a series of acrylic and mixed media paintings depicting nudes and faces.

Meyer Gallery:To culminate forty years of successful business in Utah, the Meyer Gallery will hang a Fortieth Anniversary Exhibition on Friday, July 29th, 2005. Utah artists Douglas Aagard, Jason Rich, Marty Ricks, Aaron Stills, Alexander Selytin, Karl Thomas, Glen Hawkins, Steven Adams, Shanna Kunz, Ryan Skidmore, Roy Vellinga, Seth Winegar, Larry Clarkson, Brian Kershisnik, and Greg Woodard will showcase their work at the Meyer Gallery, 305 Main Street in Park City, Utah.

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