October 2005
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Exhibition Review
What's Up & Upcoming Around Utah
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Kimball Art Center: Emergent Properties, works by Cein Watson, thru October 10th.

Cein Watson paints and draws to make you think. Cein Watson is used to movement. A former Army brat, he spent most of his childhood en route to new homes, new schools and new people, tracking shifting landscapes in spiral-bound notebooks. On a warm Sunday evening, Watson sifts through a few Kindergarten-era sketches his mother dug up last week; pictures of pointy-headed men whose “claws,” “picks,” and “lasers” seem more like scientific apparatuses than violent weapons.

In fact, these rudimentary drawings present strange parallels to the 23-year-old local artist’s fascination with schematics. Each small figure is connected to a series of lines, their bodies mapped out as part of some master plan.

Watson still toys with connectivity. His latest show, Emergent Properties, explores how the right interplay between seemingly innate ideas can sometimes result in valuable objects. “When you break down the components of salt, it’s poisonous…but when you put them together, it’s healthy and edible. That’s the idea of an emergent property,” he says. “All of the pieces come together to make a larger whole that can’t be broken down into its separate parts.”

Emergent Properties came together following a class on ancient Greek atomists. Watson, a triple major studying printmaking, art history and philosophy, was intrigued by early philosophers’ pseudo-science and the ways backward logic influenced contemporary thought. “They had this idea of the universe as this giant creature,” he says, adding that his artwork now features a strong emphasis on bizarre, monster-like figures.

They saw the creature as the only thing that had its own agency, that we participate in it and then it goes up in flames. You read that and it just sounds like they’re on drugs: ‘Dude, what if the universe is just this big creature and we’re in it?’ And this is the foundation of western culture? Are you kidding me?”

Watson might seem incredulous, but he’s equally awed by Stoic inventions. He’s always looking to tweak his craft, trading mediums like Madonna trades accents-refusing to fall into a rut. Watson started out as a figure painter, honing his skills on scholarship at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. He later transferred to the University of Utah when his free ride expired, figuring one semester’s worth of MCA tuition could buy him two years at the U with enough left over for a house plus a built-in studio/garage.

Upon arriving in Salt Lake City, he developed an obsession with painting organs—an obsession his professors refused to condone with college credit. Back at square one, Watson took on printmaking, using the U’s “Cadillac of screenprinters” to produce pattern-oriented creations. Meanwhile, Watson’s girlfriend broke up with him, encouraging the reluctant bachelor to battle the coldness of strangers.While his dormmates were about as friendly as suspicious piranhas, he soon found comfort in the local art community. He’s still blown away by his colleagues’ blue-collar work ethic. “There are some hard-working folk here,” he says. “They log in the hours. They do it every day—whether
they want to or not.”

Watson prefers to work at night, between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. In that select time period, no one’s around to bother him, or request his butler-like duties as a part-time file clerk. And when no one’s around, Watson can crack a few beers or glasses of wine—depending on how pretentious he’s feeling—and crank out brilliant paintings. Or stare at the walls and think of brilliant paintings. Or think about his fellow Indoor Kids, members of a back East art collective saluting Wet Hot American Summer’s heroic sci-fi geeks. He might sit and recall tongue-in-cheek art history conversations about the merits of poppy versus impressionistic styles. Most of the time, however, he maps out philosophical problems through various mediums. Exploring ways to get from here to there.

--Jamie Gadette
this article originally appeared in ArtspeakSLC, a monthly print publication.

Kimball Art Center UP: Adam Bateman: Literal Sculptures thru November 13 see September edtion page 1.

BDAC UP: The Bountiful/Davis Art Center is honoring its first decade with a major exhibition of works by significant Utah artists who exhibited at the Bountiful Art Center through the period 1974-1985. Through November 4th.

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP: Sight & Sound: A Visual Metaphor Selected paintings and sculptures from the museum’s permanent collection illustrate the influence of twentieth-century music on the development of visual expression and the role art played as inspiration to twentieth-century composers.

Twain Tippetts Gallery: UP: Place, Space, and Face. 2005 Statewide Student Exhibtion in the Twain Tippetts GAllery at Utah State Universty. An exhibit exploring cultural theories of identity while also responding to the unique circumstances of being a student artist in Utah.. Up thru Oct. 13. Reception Oct. 7th 5 - 8 pm.

St. George Art Museum UP thru December 23, 2005 The West: Denim & Dust , Lon Megargee: Legendary Prints of the Southwest from the Hays Collection, Equestrian West, Photography of William Shepley, Red, White, & Rhyolite, Sculpture of Kirk McCoy, Rodeo: Paintings of Lenka Konopasek.

Ogden Arts Festival:Union Station and downtown Ogden merchants present the second annual Ogden Arts Festival, THIS WEEKEND Friday and Saturday, October 7and 8 at Union Station and the 100 block of 25th Street. The Festival Kick-off on Friday evening is packed with artistic delights for all the senses. Saturday morning you will find more than 75 visual artists presenting their work, local music, food vendors, a beer & wine garden, and fun activities for kids. Admission is FREE to both events.

Festival Kick-off Reception--Friday, October 7th, 5 pm to 7 pm. Union Station’s Lobby will feature culinary arts presented by Odgen chefs from four restaurants on 25th Street; Artisan Grille, Bistro 258, Shrimp Boat, and Shin Sei. While enjoying the tantalizing food you can watch artists demonstrating a variety of techniques such as lamp work beads, book making, spinning, weaving, pottery, and various styles of painting. View works by up and coming artists at the local high school art exhibit, with violin music performed live by Artur Javadov from 5 pm to 6 pm and, Aaron Stansfield from 6 pm to 7 pm. Stick around for Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll, with many galleries and shops on Historic 25th Street, Washington Boulevard, and throughout Ogden presenting opening night receptions for their art exhibits. The gallerystroll hours are 6 pm to 9 pm.

Second Annual Arts Festival--Saturday, October 8th, 10 am to dusk Union Station’s Fountain Plaza and the 100 block of 25th Street will be lined with artist booths, local musicians playing on two stages, with food vendors, a beer & wine garden, and engaging activities that kids will love. A Plein Air Paint Out will be held beginning at 9:00 am. Finished work will be submitted by 3:00 pm, with cash prizes of $500 to 1st place, $300 to 2nd place, $200 to 3rd place, and two $50 honorable mentions, awarded to the winners. A silent auction will be held beginning at 3:30 pm with a “live” last call for bids at 5 pm. Last year's winners include Debra Marin |0|, Stephen Hedgepath |1|, and Eric Zschiesche. |2|

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The winner of the poster contest for this year’s festival is Jeanine Downing. Her image of Union Station will be used in the poster design, with a limited number of signed prints available for sale to help underwrite the cost of the festival. Friday night’s artists’ demonstrations will be performed by; Gary Bateman, pointalism painting Ana Gavira, silk scarf painting Christina May, spinning & weaving, Jeanine Downing, watercolor painting Krissy Giacoletto, book making Maureen Kuhn, pottery, Jeff Hepworth, oil painting Liz Pierce, collage Bonny Waters, lamp bead making.

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Eccles Community Art Center : Woodcuts & Recent Works by Mario R. Hyde October 7 - 29, 2005. Marion Hyde says that “as an undergraduate, my work focused on the investigation of the human form and the landscape. In the late 1960’s, the search for a subject for a master’s thesis project led to the examination of segments of nature as a source of inspiration for art. The images of this exhibition focus on bringing visual order to the subject through the process of sequencing language of space, shape, rhythm, ratio, and geometry with the intent of establishing visual relationships that achieve visual unity.” Mr. Hyde is best known for his black & white woodcuts, which will be included in this exhibit. But also included will be less known color woodcuts, mixed media works, prisma color drawings, oil paintings, pencil and charcoal drawings.

ESCALANTE: Everett Ruess Days. In November 1934, at age twenty, Everett Ruess disappeared from the rugged canyon country near Escalante, Utah, and was never seen again. Although his burros were found near his camp, his fate remains a mystery. Everett Ruess was an artistic, adventurous young man who set out alone several times to experience the beauty, as well as the fury of nature in the American West. During the 1930s, he met and discussed art with painter Maynard Dixon, and with well-known photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange. He was lured first by the splendors of Yosemite and the California coast and later by portions of the lonely Red Rock Country of Utah and Arizona.

Festival events will take place Thursday October 6th in Boulder featuring Western Arts/Crafts and Skills on Display at the Anasazi State Park. The events in Escalante will be on Friday, October 7th and Saturday October 8th. Festival events in Escalante include a Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition and Sale, films about Everett Ruess, ethnic dance groups, walking tours of nearby historic buildings, Art Workshops, Gallery Open houses, and performances by cowboy poets, musicians, and the band “Blue Sage” (Funded by The Utah Arts Council) at Escalante High School on Friday night at 8pm.

The Plein Air Exhibit will be at the Community Center from 10am to 6 pm with an “Artists Gala” from 4-6 pm. The public is encouraged to vote on their favorite painting and bid in the Silent Auction. Awards will be announced at 6 pm at the completion of the bidding. Art work may also be seen at a brunch for the artists at the Kiva Koffeehouse, Sunday, October 9th, from 9 am until noon. Doug Braithwaite, last year's winner (see below) will be one of the jurors for the competition.
Doug Braithwaite All events are free to the public. For more information, visit their website.

Bluff Arts Festival. October 14th - 22nd, the charming community of Bluff, Utah is sponsoring the Bluff Arts Festival, a free-to-the-public, cultural event spanning visual arts, poetry, music, weaving and other creative works. The schedule of events: October 14th - 22nd - TRAIL OF THE ARTISTS - an art walk featuring paintings, photography, jewelry, and sculpture created by Four Corners artists. For more information visit their website.

Brigham Young University Museum of Art UP: Adam’s Dream: The Photographs of Rodney Smith, will be on view from July 28, 2005 to January 16, 2006. For more information see July 2005 edition. UPCOMING: Images of Don Quixote. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first publication of “Don Quixote,” the Brigham Young University Museum of Art will display an exhibition of these illustrations dating from 1620 through 1885 by artists such as Gustave Doré and William Hogarth. “Images of Don Quixote: Magic, Frames and Imagined Possibilities,” will be on view from Oct.14 thru Dec. 10, 2005.

Terra Nova Gallery: UP: Ben Hammond & Bryan Mark Taylor thru October 21, 2005.

Springville Museum of Art: Features works by the Pastel Society of Utah thru October 16th in the Music Gallery. UPCOMING: 20th Annual Religious & Spiritual Art of Utah. October 30th thru December 28th.

Cowan Gallery (101 East 200 South 801 491-3436 )UP:Springville/Mapleton Art Open, featuring works of local professional artists from the Springville/Mapleton area, thru October 13th. For more information call 491-3436.

UVSC Woodbury Art Museum in coordination with Will and Ann Eisner present The Art of Comics. The exhibition features a retrospective of the sequential art works of Will Eisner. A historical giant in the industry and the father of the graphic novel, Eisner helped promote the comic as an art form and inspired generations of comic artists throughout his 60-plus year career. The exhibit has been created in collaboration with the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City where it debuted earlier this year. Sadly, during the preparations for this exhibit, Mr. Eisner passed from this life before viewing the results of this effort. The Woodbury Art Museum would like to dedicate this exhibition in his memory. In addition to the Eisner portion of the exhibition, the Woodbury Art Museum is also drawing upon selections from a few Utah comic art collectors – both visual artists in their own professions – Gary E. Smith and Peter L. Myer. These works represent various styles and movements illuminating historical trends and cultural precedents. Artists such as Frank Frazetta, Dave McKeon, George Herriman, and Jack Kirby will be exhibited. Examples from such classics as Krazy Kat, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and Tarzan, and many others will be available for patron perusal. October 14 - December 16.