Exhibition Review: Salt Lake
Poker in the Front at the UNK
Pyper Hugos, Jarrod Eastman, Justin Angelos and Jeremy Herridge.
by Shawn Rossiter
A local Salt Lake City artist has been giving artwork away for free -- up to one hundred pieces last year alone. But you won't find any of that work around town. It has been going to the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and all over the United States.
, director of Salt Lake's Unknown Gallery
, started his "Free Art Campaign" as a way of giving back to the online community that helped inspire him to get back into art making. Herridge is showing this month in a four-person show at the Unknown Gallery, and though the work there isn't free it is certainly reasonably priced. He will be showing with Montana artists Pyper Hugos
, who creates wall-hangings using found object scrap metal, and Jarrod Eastman
, a pop-surrealist painter, and Pleasant Grove's Justin Angleos
(below), a multi-media artist inspired by street art as well as canonical figures like Joseph Cornell and Robert Rauschenberg. Poker in the Front
, as the show is titled, shows four very different artists each showing artwork that the average gallery-goer may not be comfortable with at first viewing. But this is the type of exhibition you get when you use Myspace
as your networking tool.
Newseek recently ran its cover story on Myspace and other community-oriented sites which have become a dominant presence on the web; and Time's cover story the week before touched on a similar subject. Herridge mentions Myspace a little bit sheepishly at first, knowing the bad rap the networking space has been getting in some circles. But, he points out that it is a great tool to get connected to people with similar interests. He used Myspace when putting together Unknown's second annual Board Show, which was up in January, and it was through that show that he found the other three artists in this month's exhibit. And it was another community-oriented site -- devoted to stencil art -- that inspired Herridge's recent art making and resulted in his world-wide, no-strings-attached, dissemination of free art.