May 2006
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What's Up & Upcoming: To The South


Terra Nova Gallery UP: Opening May 5th -- A Cut Above: The Art of Papercutting works by Randel McGee & Rick James Marzullo. The opening reception will be Friday, May 5th from 6-8 pm and will be on exhibit at the gallery through May 26th.

California native Rick James Marzullo creates art in many media, but his favorite medium of expression in the last 15 years has been that of the old world art form of papercutting. "I began cutting in 1967 after seeing the silhouette cutter at Disneyland," Marzullo says. "I was fascinated by his ability to effortlessly cut one profile after another."

Marzullo has become a well-known creator of Danish and Scandinavian themed cuttings in addition to his many folktale, landscape and historically-themed cuttings. He is often commissioned to create intricate cuttings for weddings and anniversaries, as well as works which showcase family genealogies. Marzullo particularly enjoys creating family heirloom pieces which combine information about two or three generations in the same cutting.

Randel McGee has always been interested in the arts, both visual and performing. After witnessing a performance of the Salzburg Marionette Theater in Salzburg, Austria as a young man, McGee. He studied puppetry and theater at BYU and became particularly interested in the art of shadow puppetry --silhouetted images performed behind or projected onto a screen.

McGee developed his talent for making elaborate silhouette designs for the shadow stage. One day, when a friend showed him a book of German scherenschnitte or cut paper designs the puppeteer realized that his shadow designs were works of art in the same vein as the scherenschnitte. He studied all he could find on the many different forms of paper cutting from around the world.

"I particularly like the bold, graphic design of the paper cuttings. The combination of negative and positive space is intriguing to me. I also like the sculptural quality of cutting the images out of the paper," Randel explains.

Randel’s work covers a wide range of subjects from story illustrations, personalized wedding commemoratives, portrait silhouettes, fanciful "doodles", cultural explorations, and religious themes.

Brigham Young University Museum of Art

BYU new exhibition at the MoA of their permanent collection, American Dreams is divided into three thematic sections -- "The Dream of Eden," "American Aspirations," and "Envisioning America" -- and will be on display for the next five years.

The Dream of Eden, which includes many landscape paintings, evokes the vision of America as a new Eden. Since the dawn of time, man has yearned for a return to a “golden age,” a time when nature was untouched by civilization, and humanity lived in harmony with its surroundings. The discovery of the New World awoke this “Dream of Eden” within many Europeans who saw the new land as a chance to return to a paradisiacal glory that had been lost to modern society.

American artists often echo this vision of America in their work. Some create romanticized landscapes unspoiled by humanity,” Wardle says. “Other American artists create pastoral scenes that incorporate human and animal life into an idyllic landscape.”

In the mid-1800s, the exploration of the American West rekindled the Dream of Eden in many Americans who were anxious to escape crowded cities and industrialization in the East. The West became a new Eden, an untouched frontier where Americans could re-establish paradise. Artists followed the well-worn trails west, capturing the spirit and ideals of westward expansion.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, America’s resources no longer seemed limitless and their use came with repercussions. Some artists, particularly photographers, began to examine our stewardship in caring for the land. These works depict a lost Eden, as well as efforts to reclaim its splendor.

ALSO CURRENTLY AT THE MUSEUM: a selection of Juan Rulfo's photographs in an exhibition titled Photographing Silence: Juan Rulfo's Mexico. (see February edition for more details. ALSO SHOWING: Nostalgia and Technology: Embracing the New through Art and Design thru May 29, 2006 (see Dec. 2005 edition). Tapestries: The Great 20th Century Modernists, features works by Picasso, Matisse, Calder, Kandinsky and many of their contemporaries who were inspired to transform their own compositions into monumental wall hangings. The 19 tapestries brought together by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions from both European and American collections offer a fresh perspective on 20th century modernism and its intriguing relationship to the time honored tradition of weaving.

Springville Museum of Art UP: In all galleries of the Museum, the 82nd annual Spring Salon through July 2nd. This exhibition, modeled after the famous Paris Salon, is open to all Utah artists, and is one of the longest standing traditions at the Museum. This is the largest exhibition of its kind in Utah. Award winners this year include David Meikle, "Desert Sunset" (juror's first place), Lara Ackerman, "She Worketh Willingly with Her Hands" (juror's second place), Michael J. Bingham "Stairway to Heaven (juror's second place), Sharon D. Alderman, "Grand Canyon Series: 1st Camp, Kirkland Redwall" (juror's third place), Kent Perry Goodliffe, "Worship?" (juror's third place), Holly Mae Pendergast, "Impermanence" (juror's third place), and David Dornan, "Manhattan" (director's award).

Traveling Show Returns May 8 – June 28, 2006. Last year’s traveling show makes it final stop and comes to a rest at the museum. Come and see last year’s high school artists one last time.

Heritage Day: Saturday May 27 -- A one-day historic home tour featuring the homes and studios of many local artists as well as a number of other carefully restored public and private pioneer era homes. The ticket sales for this tour benefit historic preservation projects in Spring City most notably the ongoing restoration of the old school house. In addition, The Friends of Historic Spring City will hold an annual Art Square Art Auction, featuring 12" square work from many Utah artists, to benefit the restoration of the school house. Paricipating artists include Osral Allred, Lee Bennion, Linda Budd, Susan Gallacher, M'lisa Paulsen, Cassandria Parsons, Kathy Peterson, Brad Aldrich, Doug Fryer, Brian Kershisnik, Ron Richmond, and Michael Workman.

Central Utah Art Center Main Gallery: Through May 22nd, Utah State University professor, JinMan Jo has curated an exhibit of his work along with two well-known Korean sculptors, Young-Hee Yim and Ki Woong Park.

While JinMan Jo is a relatively young artist, he has already made a name for
himself in the United States with recognition in Sculpture Magazine and with an inclusion and second prize awarded by Jonathon Goodman of Art In America at the CUAC's first Utah Artist Juried Exhibition.

Both Young-Hee Yim and Ki Woong Park are well known artists in Korea who have each had many solo exhibitions in many of Korea's best-respected spaces.

All three artists are greatly influenced by material. They all use steel as their primary medium but each explores ways to subvert that material by using it to express narratives of spirituality, intellect, or nature. Each sculpture suggests a story that is often partly untold, leaving the viewer to enter the staircase, or look into a knothole wrought in steel and complete the story in their way.

Jeff Larsen: Abominable Landscapes in the Upstairs Gallery through June 30th. Larsen is currently working on his MFA at Brigham Young University. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has created an installation in the gallery that is at once whimsical, satirical, and art historical.

His installation is a way of stretching a landscape into space and making it three dimensional and inviting an interaction from the viewer. At first glance, it appears to be a simple, fantastical interaction with the space. Upon reflection, however, a careful viewer will understand environmental, political, and social commentary at work. A viewer might find him or herself alongside the face of the Abominable Snowman. Careful.

Museum of the San Rafael (64 N. 100 East, Castle Dale, 435-381-5252) — "Prehistoric Wildlife and Western Art of Utah," featuring paintings by Joseph S. Venus, Clifford Oviatt and sculptures by Gary Prazen and Eldon Holmes, through 2006.

St. George Art Museum UP: Through June. ::Window of West: Views from the American Frontier, an exhibit from the Trust for Museum Exhibitions in Washington D.C. features 60 paintings from the Arthur J. Phelan Collection. These artworks were selected to give an historically accurate cross-section of what really happened in the expansion of the West. (see April edition). ::The Regional Exhibit returns to the St. George Art Museum in time for the Art Festival on Main Street (April 13th & 14th). The Regional is an exhibition with artists from Arizona, Nevada, and Utah invited to submit their work in any media or style completed in the prior two years to be juried for inclusion. (see page 1)

The Museum invites you to the Annual Soup N’ Bowl Evening Event to raise support for the educational programs of the St. George Art Museum. This event takes place on May 5 from 5 to 8:30pm with the addition of a dance and continuing last year’s tradition of a Pottery Fair with outdoor displays from 5pm on. Pottery throwing demonstrations by Kevin Konold.

Braithwaite Fine Art Gallery: UP: Through May 6, an exhibit featuring the culmination of work produced by graduating seniors in the Department of Art and Design. UPCOMING: May 11-June 24 J. Daniel Murphy: Ceramicist. A stunning exhibition of ceramic works by this accomplished ceramicist and SUU professor of art.

-- Cedar City Art Committee's 63rd Annual Exhibition

-- Freedom Festival Fine Art Exhibit

-- Art Access Galleries Exhibitions 2007

-- Eccles 32nd Annual Statewide Exhibition

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