Up & Upcoming: Salt Lake Area
Up & Upcoming This Month:
Prepared by 15 Bytes staff. Unless otherwise noted, UPCOMING shows begin September Gallery Stroll, September 21, 6 to 9 pm. For official Gallery Stroll information visit www.gallerystroll.org.
ALTERNATE CHANNELS: The Art of Dave Laub at Poor Yorick's Open Studio
by Jim Frazer
The semi-annual open studio at Poor Yorick's Studios in South Salt Lake is coming up at the end of this month. The yearly spring and fall events are always lively parties, and a rare chance to stroll through the maze of artist studios, look at tons of work, and meet most of the artists in the setting where they created their pieces. Anticipating the September 28 & 29th opening, I was reminded of the last open studio, where I was struck by the work of one artist in particular, Dave Laub.
Dave Laub’s sepia toned inkjet prints have the nostalgic look of old photos. |0 -4| Some of the images, such as a house, a tree, or figures which stand isolated in a field, also seem to evoke a sense of longing. It’s unclear whether the flocks of birds are threatening or just a usual part of the environment he is depicting, along with flying squid, retro toy robots and a starry sky that looks like it came from the set of a 1930’s era movie musical. Laub had a studio in the original Poor Yorick and after packing up everything to move to the new space, his previous work - paintings and sculptures - has never made it out of storage. He started doing these images as studies for paintings; the response to the prints has been favorable and the paintings have yet to materialize.
Laub seems to resist the idea that his work has any particular meaning. We kidded about making up some meaning ("... the recurring images of tentacles emerge from Laub's fear of the intrusion of any strong affective state into his daily life...") But in the end, the images, which may start as doodles, serve more as an alternate channel for his energy. The thought required to craft the multi-layered digital files helps relieve stress and then takes his mind to a different place after doing his regular job, which is designing video games at Smart Bomb Interactive. Laub says the sepia tone comes from a desire to get away from the glossy, vividly colored world of Pac Man. The monotone mood also helps to integrate the wildly disparate design elements. Laub does concede that he is interested in the unexpected juxtaposition of recurring elements such as that which occurs in dreams, but he says he’s not really interested in where the visual ingredients he uses come from. He uses these components - tentacles, robots, etc. - which give the impression of being loaded with meaning, almost as formal elements might be used in an abstract painting. They become familiar to the viewer by their repetition, and we are free to give our own meaning to them as we continue to look at the work.
You can check out Laub's prints and the work of over thirty-five other local artists on September 28, 6 - 10 pm, and September 29, 1 - 5 pm at Poor Yorick's Open Studio, 126 West Crystal Ave (2590 S).
ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UP: Oil paintings with gold leaf by Olivia Celine Glascock and alternative media artwork by Annie Kennedy through September 14th. Olivia Celine Glascock's paintings are figurative, illustrating both Classical and Christian mythologies. Annie Kennedy works primarily with alternative materials and processes not traditionally used for art-making.
UPCOMING: Clay Arts Utah (CAU) and Meredith Prévôt Exhibits, September 21 - November 2. Down to Earth features more than two dozen works in clay created by members of Clay Arts Utah (CAU), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the education and advancement of the clay arts.|5| Its members represent all backgrounds from elementary school teachers to university professors and from students to professional artists. As a result, Finch Lane Gallery exhibit, juried by H. James Stewart and Brian Jensen, reflects a range of artistic expression in the medium of clay including functional ware, sculpture, and inventive abstract art, all exquisitely crafted.
Meredith Maynes Prévôt's artwork consists of small-to-medium-scale paintings and prints and drawings that look to historical design for meaning.|6| The patterning of textile design and decorative arts has become a significant interest in her work, especially the evolution of design techniques, the iconography of textile motifs, and the vocabulary of pattern. "It is on printed or woven cloth," she says, "that these patterns are most ubiquitous; at the same time, they are least noticed." Elaborating on her work, Prévôt comments, "My work reflects highly mimetic studies of an art form that is normally found on the borders and in the background. I use patterns in my work to examine that invisibility, as well as explore the interaction of colors and patterns. The entire pursuit is a set process done over and over again, and it is this constancy that allows a variety of outcomes."
GALLERY UAF UP: Bevan Chipman, popular and award-winning local artist, is honored by the Utah Arts Festival with a retrospective exhibit. Many of Chipman's paintings feature "The Women," Sudanese refugees who have made SLC their home. A portion of sales from Chipman's paintings will support the Sudanese Education Fund, which the artist established for his models' children and for several of the "Lost Boys of Sudan," orphans of the Sudanese civil war.
||ART ACCESS GALLERIES UP: 13th Annual Partners Exhibit, featuring seven emerging adult artists with their professional artist mentors, through September 13. AND: 10th annual Art Access Teen Workshop Exhibition, featuring the juried work of 50 teens with and without disabilities, who participated in this year's program, through September 14. UPCOMING: David Meikle & John Berry's Landscape Oil Paintings and Kindred Spirits Group Student Exhibition.
ART AT THE MAIN UP: "...wish you were here!" an exhibition of works by watercolorist, Dana Ballard, through September 15. From aspen groves to Zion National Park, from arches and bridges to the Wasatch Front, this exhibit is a visual love letter to Utah. UPCOMING: Passages in Pastel featuring pastel artist, Diana Stover September 17 - October 13 (artist's reception September 21, 4-6pm). |7| "I choose to work primarily in pastels because I love the immediacy of them," the artist says. "I also love having so many beautiful colors right at my fingertips without having to mix them!"
KAYO GALLERY UP: Works by Emily Allen, Sri Whipple, Mary Toscano, Cara Despain and Laura Besterfeldt through September 15. UPCOMING: Predilection Print Exchange and Exhibit. Organized by Salt Lake City native Camille Taylor, this exhibit will show concurrently at Trunkspace Gallery in Phoenix and at Kayo Gallery in Salt Lake. Each artist will make a print in an edition of 60. Half of the edition is to be exchanged amongst the participating artists while the remaining 30 will be sold at a uniform price of $30 a piece. The exhibit will feature a Gallery Stroll reception with an additional reception on Saturday, September 29th with some of the Phoenix artists present.
VISAGE SALON STUDIOS (2006 South 900 East) UP: Photography by Krista Ellis and children's portrait paintings by Molly Williams, through September 19th. Molly Williams is a portrait artist, specializing in oil paintings of children. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Brigham Young University, while apprenticing for over two years under William Whitaker (featured on page 1).
THE UTAH ARTS ALLIANCE UP: Two Dimensional Dreams and Other Realities, works by Jim Sullivan |8| and Michael Lucarelli |9| through September 29. A public reception for the artists will be held on Friday September 7th, from 6 9 pm. Michael Lucarelli is known mostly in Utah as a classical guitarist. Brian Staker writes, "In the hands of a master instrumentalist, who shapes the sound almost like a sculptor molds a block of clay, classical music isn't stale or static at all, but galvanizing." Michael Lucarelli describes his paintings as "music on canvas." The artist believes he uses the same meditative technique, which applies to his other art forms, classical guitar and yoga. James Sullivan, a native of Rhode Island raised on the Oregon Coast, came to Utah in 1991, at which time he began painting. Never formerly trained, his style is his own, "I attempt to draw my viewer in immediately with vibrant colors and often asymmetrical composition, it can be a gamble. This work you will see is based upon dreams and history. The opening reception will include light refreshments and a special performance by Michael Lucarelli on classical guitar. Mr. Lucarelli will also perform Rock and Roll music with guest artists, TAOS - The Architects of Sound.
SALT LAKE ART CENTER UP: Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection, curated by Mark Coetzee and Laura Steward Heon, thru September 29. Based in Leipzig, Germany, these painters - Tilo Baumgartel, Tim Eitel, Martin Kobe, Neo Rauch, Christoph Ruckhaberle, David Schnell and Matthias Weischer - breathe new life into the east German tradition of social realist figure painting with strange surrealism and discordant palettes that pervade interiors, cityscapes and landscapes - often populated by disaffected figures, enigmatic narratives with surrealist overtones (see July edition)
ARTISAN FRAMEWORKS AND GALLERY (Pierpont Artspace) UP: Illumination, work by Aaron Memmott and Penelope Moore. Aaron Memmott and Penelope Moore's contemporary paintings feature a fresh perspective of modern places and objects illuminated naturally or designedly. Their passion for good food, wine and the city lights are manifested in their work. Memmott and Moore are rejuvenating classical realism, inviting a whole new generation to identify and appreciate landscapes, urbanscapes and still life.
PATRICK MOORE GALLERY (511 W 200 S; 521-5999) UP: Travel & Garden: Paintings by Daniel Ramjoue.
GALLERY AT LIBRARY SQUARE UP:
Joyous Celebration without Frontiers photography exhibit by Guadalupe Rodriguez and Yo Soy... works by Ruby Chacón through September 29.
NOBROW COFFEE UP: Innards, new paintings by Benjamin Wiemeyer.
ROSE WAGNER ART GALLERY UP: Linnie Brown and Glass Art Guild of Utah through September 28th
SALTGRASS PRINTMAKERS UP: Bill Hosterman, visiting artist from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, through September 15.
UTAH CULTURAL CELEBRATION CENTER UPCOMING: My Burial Chamber: A Celebration of Life by Pilar Pobil, through September 26.
UTAH ARTIST HANDS: UP: A collection of abstract photography . . . featuring some of your favorite photographers as well as some new artists. Images by: Jason Christensen, Willie Holdman, Paula Jansen, Benjamin Lowry, Dana Sohm, Stephen Speckman.
PHILLIPS GALLERY UP: Summer Group Show. UPCOMING: Francis Zimbeaux, September 21 - October 12, and Dave Malone in the Dibble Gallery.
MICHAEL BERRY GALLERY (163 E 300 S; 521-0243) UP: Paintings by Edith Carlson.
WOMENS ART CENTER UP: 3rd Annual Paper Dolls event. This year's event features the women of poster gig art. All proceeds go to funding and programs for the Women's Art Center. The show runs through September 14.
MODERN8 GALLERY UP: Susan Spransy and Jared Miller.
ANDERSON-FOOTHILL LIBRARY UP: Watercolors & Pastels by the Gough Family, through October 27. Public reception, Thursday, September 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
SPRAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Blue Highway, featuring oils by Blue Critchfield, through October 16.
CORINNE AND JACK SWEET BRANCH LIBRARY UPCOMING: Mysterious Compositions: Abstractions and Other Delights by Michael Vincent Wright September 17 - October 26. Public reception, Wednesday, September 19, 7-8:30 pm.
KEN SANDDERS RARE BOOKS UPCOMING: Group Show, September 14-29 featuring dozens of artists who have shown work in the gallery over the last ten years.
RIO GALLERY UPCOMING: Statewide Annual Exhibition, Mixed Media and Works on Paper, September 21 November 3.
GALLERY AT EVOLUTIONARY HEALTHCARE (461 E. 200 South, 519-2461) UP: Photographs by David C. Schultz, featuring work from his Polar Series, through Sept. 28.
SAANS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY (173 E. Broadway, 328-8827) UP: Beauty and Decay, featuring photographs by Capree Kimball.
PALMERS GALLERY (378 West 300 South) UPCOMING: Paintings and Sculptures by Jody Plant.
HORNE FINE ART UP: Closed for improvements to the space, through early September. UPCOMING: Featuring sunny new neighborhood scenes, including local parks and restaurants.