April 2006
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Exhibition P/Reviews: Salt Lake City
Ladies First, Wedded Bliss and other Myths to Live By
by Kasey Boone

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Being the gentleman that I am, I'll begin with the ladies first. And if I call a certain group of ladies now showing at Patrick Moore Gallery "broads," it is not because my standard of gentlemanly conduct has suffered any impairment from opening too many spring-loaded doors; it is because "broads" is what they call themsleves. Good ole ones at that.

The "good ole broads" exhibiting together at Patrick Moore Gallery include a range of artists and artistic interests, from the modernist sculpture of Ursula Brodauf to the crafted shoes of Pilar Pobil |1|, who is also known for her colorful paintings (also on display) and her wood carvings. The majority of the good ole broads make paintings, like the shimmering landscapes of Bonnie Posselli, the playful figure compositions of Dottie Miles, and the colorfully abstracted landscapes of Carole Evans |0|. Edie Roberson has created a playful ensemble between her intricately rendered paintings of dolls and toys and found object assemblages featuring the same |2|. You'll also enjoy the work of Kathleen Deneris, Bonnie Deffebach, Timmy Burton, Marian Dunn, Woody Renzetti, Bernadette Velick and Kay Kuzminski.

Walk across the street from Patrick Moore to the Utah Arts Council's Rio Gallery, located in the Rio Grande Depot, and you'll find even more women artists. The vessels, containers and swirling paint in Rounded Forms are appropriately feminine themes in this exhibition of three women. The gourd sculptures of Mary Hogue are a wonderful compliment to the contemporary sculpture of Heysook Cho |3|. Both deal with a sense of interior and exterior while playfully questioning the dichotomy. Hogue grows her own gourds and carves into them, using botanical and Native American motifs, while emphasizing the natural shapes and blemishes of the gourds. Cho's works are vessels that can be heavily opaque while maintaining a fragile sense of air and space. The most appealing aspect of her work is the surface texture, reminding me of the various surfaces found in Utah's natural environment. An attention to surface is shared by Mary Street, the 2-D artist in this triumvirate, whose attention to impasto colored affects creates two dimensional paintings as fascinating as Cho's sculpture |4|.

Lest you think that the Salt Lake galleries have given themselves up entirely to the x chromosome because March was Women's History Month, let's continue our stroll -- yes, it is actually possible to "stroll" to some of the SLGA galleries -- a block further over to the Pierpont area and Art Access Gallery. Here you'll find an odd photography exhibit by Quinn Jacobsen. Odd not only because Jacobsen employs the wet plate collodion method -- an early photography method abandoned before the turn of the century -- but also because of the subjects in his photographs. To match his abandoned method, Jacobsen likes to show subjects who have been abandoned to the fringes of society. His method creates a very fluid print of larger than life portraits of various people. The two who stand out for me are a man pointing a pistol at his shaved head and another individual with a vice around his skull. Okay, there are also less threatening photographs and, well, Jacobsen doesn't represent all of us y chromosomers anyway so let's not start a conversation about violent video games and action flicks.

Combine the x and y in holy (or secular) matrimony and what you have is the couple exhibit, one of which you'll find at Art Access next month. The artwork to be shown is the result of two artists working in tandem from the same setups over the last year and more. Brad Slaugh and Tracy Strauss have chosen to paint convergent views of people over multiple painting sessions in compact stage situations that they have set up in each of their studios. Check it out to see how differently two people who live together can see the world.

Can't wait to find out what happens when two people share not only the groceries and the dishwashing but also the brushes and pigment? Satisfy your voyeuristic curiosity immediately by hopping in your car and heading up to Finch Lane Gallery for the exhibit of Clay and Rebecca Wagstaff. The Wagstaffs, who live in Tropic, are both accomplished artists, and the similarities in their work are as interesting as their differences. Clay is known for his rather empty vistas of central Utah, especially his iconographic poplar trees. Rebecca's subjects, on the other hand, are found inside, in arranged still lifes, often featuring pottery and natural elements. Both artists, however, share a similar palette and an interest in detail, and if you look past the obvious differences of their subject matter, their paintings often share the same low-horizon, centrally focused composition. Sort of the way some people, after years of marriage, begin to look alike.

As long as you're in your car (this is where Gallery Stroll should be called "Gallery Drive,") you might continue your gallery trip south, stopping at Foothill's A Gallery, where, if you hurry, you might be able to see the non-objective paintings of Emily Plewe before they are joined by gallery regulars for the Spring group show.

You've come this far, so you might as well keep moving, heading down the hill to the Sugarhouse area where you'll find two exhibits within spitting (though as a gentleman I wouldn't spit) distance of each other. The Maridadi Gallery, which occupies the space of the former One Modern Art and is part of an interior design firm, features the work of two emerging artists, Lisa Corrinne Von Koch & Jenevieve Hubbard. If you haven't already figured it out by the artists' names, the exhibition title -- Oroboros & The Metempsychosis (Knocked Up & Knocked Out) -- should clue you in that we are back to the x chromosome. But these are agressive females. Their paintings and assemblages have an energetic, layered quality to them that will shake up any passive viewer.|5|

Two doors down, just past the Rockwood Studios, the Groutage Gallery is featuring the work of Steve Rasmussen and Chuck Parsons. Rasmussen has been the Costume Shop Director for the Ballet and Modern Dance Departments at the University of Utah for ten years. His work in textiles and his various travels have influenced his photography-based work. He uses handmade, hand-dyed and painted paper, natural and enameled leaves layered with his own silver, ink jet and photo-transparency prints in dimensionally configured framing. Featured in the show are recent works including the suite of 12, 'les tres riches heures of lola hoople'.|6|

Chuck Parsons, a Utah native, began working in ceramics twenty years ago. The past few years he has become interested in "alternative" firing techniques that forsake the use of glazes. Most of the pieces in this exhibit are made with a porcelain clay body and then pit fired or sagger fired. The technique creates unique surface patterns as a result of the pieces being fired in a "bed" of organic material including sawdust, leaves, salt, and various copper and iron derivatives.

Take a step back to the Maridadi and you'll notice that, between the three-dimensional assemblages and the surface patterns on pottery and paintings, the two exhibits are actually quite close in appearance. So the x and the y chromosomes may not be all that different in the end (though I'm grateful for the small differences there are).

Up & Upcoming: SLC Galleries
What's Up and Upcoming
Compiled by 15 Bytes Staff. Unless otherwise noted, UPCOMING shows begin April Gallery Stroll, April 21, with a reception 6 to 9 pm.

SALT LAKE ART CENTER UP: Sophie Matisse: Be Back in 5 Minutes & Zebra Paintings ; Robert Motherwell: Te Quiero; Defference to Deffebach Through May 6. (see March edition). Two Art Talks this month in conjunction with the Sophie Matisse exhibit: Friday, Friday April 21st 7:00 PM, Sophie Matisse & Francis Naumann in Conversation - artist Sophie Matisse and gallery owner and art collector Francis Naumann will be in conversation during Friday's Gallery Stroll; Wednesday April 26th at 7:00 PM Jay Heuman & JimEdwards: The Borrowed Image -- A History of Appropriation, a playful look at art history - from ancient to contemporary - highlighting styles and artists celebrated despite or for appropriating, then modifying images from preceding generations.

UTAH MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS: UP: Revisiting Utah's Past, on view at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts through July 23, 2006. (see March edition) ALSO: Hyunmee Lee (see page 1). UPCOMING: Design Your World Children's Art Exhibition by Bad Dog Rediscovers America April 5, 2006 - June 18, 2006. Design Your World is an exploration of design through a kid's eye view. The focus is to create an awareness of design in our urban environment and to challenge youth to express the ways in which elements of design are found in every aspect of their daily lives.

UTAH ARTIST HANDS: UP: Szugye . . . Vogue. Artwork inspired by the jazz scene of the 1920s and 30s. UPCOMING: FIESTA group exhibit featuring Ruby Chacon, Guillermo Colmenero, David Maestas, Pilar Pobil, José Riveros, and Michael Trujillo.

UTAH CULTURAL CELEBRATION CENTER ART GALLERY The art of Arnold Friberg including The Ten Commandments series. Through May 26.

GUTHRIE STUDIO ARTISTS (158 East 200 South) Spring Salon on Friday April 21, 2006 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Artists Susan Price, Karl Pace, Randall Lake, Paul Vincent Bernard, Heidi Darley and Cheryl Merkley open their studio doors to show their recent work.

VISAGE SALON (2006 S. 900 E., 860-4333) UP: An exhibit of new paintings by Erin Westenskow Berrett For more information call Kacie Hersh at 860-4333. UPCOMING:Group show by the East High School Art Club, April 18 - May 13.

ART ACCESS GALLERY: UP: Confluence Point, wet plate collodion photography of Quinn Jacobsen (see article this page). UPCOMING: Simple Beauty :Simultaneous Works from Life by Salt Lake husband and wife artists Brad Slaugh and Tracy Strauss (see article this page).

HORNE FINE ART UP: Blooms, floral paintings by Mathew Stuver, Phyllis F. Horne, Karen Horne, Traci O'Very Covey, Barbara Edwards. ALSO, Wall of Wassmers - 50 recent works by Utah's oldest producing artist. UPCOMING: Presenting new swimmer paintings by Jamie Wayman, as well as works by artists Ken Baxter, John Berry, Traci O'Very Covey, Antony Cox, Glen Edwards, Barbara Edwards, Phyllis F. Horne, Karen Horne, Judith Mehr, Wilson Ong, Mathew Stuver, Ted Wassmer.

PHILLIPS GALLERY: UP: Outside Sight, abstract expressionist works of Hyunmee Lee (see page 1). UPCOMING: Lee Deffebach.

UTAH CENTER FOR THE ARTS SLC Photo Club Exhibit What Makes Utah at the Utah Center for the Arts through April 10th.

WOMEN'S ART CENTER:UP: Clothesline works by LeGrand Olsen. UPCOMING: Melissa Kelsey. Reception April 14th, 6 - 10pm.

ALICE GALLERY UP: Dean Faussett, paintings of the John Wesley Powell Expedition.

PALMERS GALLERY (378 W 300 S Suite #3) UP: Elements of Change: Elementos de Cambio; Pastel on Paper, the work of David Maestas. Strong, bold, serene landscapes. UPCOMING: Painting by Heart: Figures by Michael J. Nickle, oil on canvas.

CONTEMPORARY DESIGN & ART GALLERY UP: The sculpture of Brian Challis. UPCOMING: Colors of Spring - Inspiration with Yevgeniy Zolotsev as a featured artist. Watercolors, acrylics, oils, drawings, monotypes - from Russia with love.

MAGPIE'S NEST GALLERY UPCOMING: The Intermountain Society of Artists will have its annual miniature show in the red gallery, and gallery regulars will exhibit cityscapes.

ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UP: Clay Wagstaff, paintings, Rebecca Wetzel Wagstaff, paintings, Marv Poulson, color photography (Park Gallery). UPCOMING: April 21 (Opening Reception) -June 2: Mark England, paintings and Ben Behunin, ceramics. Park Gallery: Dennis Mecham, photography.

MICHAEL BERRY GALLERY (163 E 300 S) UPCOMING:"Pilar's Portraits," a wide array of portraits by Pilar Pobil.

WASATCH FRAME SHOP UP: Aaron Fritz, through May (see March edition).

KAYO GALLERY UP: Calendar Girls and Other Warfare, new works by Matt Riley and Brenda Wattleworth. Read a review in SLWeekly here. UPCOMING:To Leave and Never Return - featuring works by Cein Watson and Joe McVetty. From diagrams to autobiographical allegory, Watson and McVetty collaborated to construct an exhibit not to be missed.

UNKNOWN GALLERY UP: Poker in the Front (see page 1). UPCOMING: Compute This - the pop surrealism of Pennsylvanian Damion Silver and Kelly D Williams from Idaho.

A GALLERY UP: Emily Plewe. UPCOMING: Group Spring Exhibit.

RIO GALLERY UP: Rounded Forms, works by Mary Hogue, Heysook Cho, Mary Street (see article this page).

PATRICK MOORE GALLERY UP: Good Ole Broads group exhibit featuring Carole Evans, Edie Roberson, Bonnie Posselli, Kathleen Deneris, Bonnie Deffebach, Timmy Burton, Marian Dunn, Woody Renzetti, Bernadette Velick and Kay Kuzminski, Dottie Miles, Pilar Pobil (see article this page).

MARIDADI GALLERY (1074 East 2100 South) UP: Oroboros & The Metempsychosis (Knocked Up & Knocked Out) new paintings & assemblage by Lisa Corrinne Von Koch & Jenevieve Hubbard.

LOCAL COLORS ARTWORKS (570 S. 700 East, second floor at Trolley Square, next to Rocky Mountain Chocolate) Paintings by Nancy Lund and Jeanne Hansen and glass by Gail Piccoli.

GROUTAGE GALLERY UP: Multi-media work by Steve Rasmussen and ceramics by Chuck Parsons (see article this page). UPCOMING: a diverse and exciting exhibit showcasing the talents of established Utah painter Darryl Erdmann, as well as upcoming artists Randee Levine, Masato Goto, and Rene Bishop. An opening will be held Friday, April 14, from six to nine p.m.