Up and Upcoming: To The North
Exhibition Listings in Northern Utah
Universe City (2556 Washington Blvd, Ogden 458-8959 ) UP: New Under the Sun, silk screens, paintings and sculptures by Stephen Henry. Originally from Texas, Stephen Henry now lives in Syracuse. He is currently an art teacher at Two Rivers High School in Ogden.
The imagery in Henry's current work -- run-down feed mills, houses, factories -- come from his youth in rural Texas.|above| They are, as he says "the stage backdrops in the play of my youth." He is exhibiting this body of work under the titular umbrella of New Under the Sun, a reference to the Old Testament book Ecclesiastes, a reflection on the fleeting nature of human creation that contains the famous refrain that "there is nothing new under the sun."
"I am exploring the aesthetic value of these images while attempting to answer the question of originality in our world," Henry says of this exhibit. "Ecclesiastes tells us that 'there is nothing new under the sun,' and this can be a discouraging concept for an artist. I have confronted this discouragement in several ways, including altering and abstracting these familiar objects. I have also borrowed compositions from art history. The work of mannerist painter Bronzino, for example, makes an appearance in one of my paintings.
'The old structures have a great deal of aesthetic value, as well, and they enable me to stretch my creative legs. The geometry of the compositions, the texture of the surfaces, the familiarity of the subjects, and their general visual interest allow me to attempt new techniques in the execution of my art making. I hope to continue exploring these concepts, and I will continue to exploit this imagery for as long as it will allow me to.“
Eccles Community Art Center UP: Tom Howard, a solo exhibition of the Kearns artist who paints the landscape with a fondness for things lost. (see page 1) AND: Watercolors by Craig G. Christensen in the Carriage Gallery.
Gallery 25 UP: Small works from the Palette Club of Ogden. The Palette Club offers members a wide variety of ways to get involved with their art in the community. This will be a juried exhibition of small works.
Gallery at the Station UP: Ceramics by Sharon Mikkelson and paintings by Douglas Aagard.
Artists & Heirlooms UP: Photography by Steve Groves; Captain Midnight, Nathan Allred & Jim Parrish.
SHAW GALLERY AT WEBER STATE UP:North Star: A Film Installation by Michael C. McMillen. North Star is an installation that includes site-specific film footage incorporating historical and contemporary footage of Ogden, Utah and the surrounding area. North Star transports viewers to an abstracted American drive-in while it creates an atmosphere that alters the viewer’s sense of time and space. Los Angeles, CA based artist, Michael C. McMillen, is well known for his one-of-a-kind sculptural installations that include both large- and small-scale found objects, film, and sound. Using salvaged and re-constructed forms, his works deal with issues of memory, loss, and the passage of time. Through November 1.
BDAC UP: Annual Illustrators Exhibition, September 12 - October 10
Lamplight Art Gallery (170 S. Main, Bountiful, 298-0290) Horses in pastel by Nichole Kamanski. Also western-themed paintings by Dixie Mitchell, photographs by Valerie Taylor and Alixanne Taylor, and jewelry and drawings by Shawney Taylor, through September. Reception Friday, September 26, 6-9 pm.
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP: USES OF THE REAL: Originality, Conditional Objects, and Action/Documentation, Contemplation an exhibition of objects selected from the museum's collection, many of which will be shown in NEHMA for the first time. Through December 2008.
Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation
UPCOMING: Women's Work, featuring the work of contemporary women printmakers from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation. Included in the exhibition are 56 prints by a number of contemporary women artists, including Anni Albers, Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Kruger, Bridget Riley, Kiki Smith, Judy Pfaff, Pat Steir and Kara Walker, among others. September 15, 2008 March 1, 2009
AND: Eden Revisited: The Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser. Organized by Arizona State University's Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, this is the first major mid-career survey exhibition on the ceramic work of the artist. Weiser is a Regents' Professor in the ASU Herberger College of the Arts and maintains a studio in Tempe, Arizona. An unassuming genius, the artist is known for his technical mastery and inventive pottery forms. This hallmark exhibition comprises 40 ceramic sculptures and spans 30 years of creative excellence. Peter Held, curator of ceramics, curates the exhibition. September 30 December 21.
Two Sisters Fine Art UP: Large aspen paintings by Lynn Farrar through the summer.
The next Park City Gallery Stroll is Friday, September 26, from 6 to 9 pm.
Great Basin Cooperative (449 Main Street 435.649.8205) UP: Gary Ernest Smith: A Retrospective. This retrospective features 50 paintings, each rendered within the last 20 years, showcases Smith's bold, iconic figures and tonalistic panoramas. Born in Oregon, Smith grew up on a farm where he learned the value of a solid work ethic as well as a love for rustic landscapes. He came to Utah over 40 years ago as a student and received his MFA from Brigham Young University. In Utah his affinity for the rural west grew and made itself manifest on canvas. Designated a neo-regionalist, the renowned artist manages to defy conventions with a humanistic perspective on his subject matter. An undaunted color palette and minimalist forms have since landed his work in galleries and collections across the country. The current exhibition will bring it back together in a stunning recollection of the last two decades.
Phoenix Gallery UP: People, Birds & Ruminants, new paintings by Jared Gillett. This body of work from the young Salt Lake City artist ranges from birds (painting at the Tracy Aviary) to cows |1|, and children to toys. The thread that ties them together is his bold, short brushwork and crisp color palette. He is able to capture a likeness that is very compelling and interesting without being photo-realistic.
Thomas Anthony Gallery UP: Stewart The Changing of the Seasons, new paintings by Adam Stewart through September 30th.
Gallery MAR UP: New works by Kirk Tatom, a new addition to the gallery.
Julie Nester Gallery UP: New Encaustic Paintings: Recent Work by Tracey Adams, Robin Denevan, Amber George, Thea Schrack and Kirsten Stolle, through October 8 (see page 1).
Kimball Art Center UP: Brittany Powell: West Elm in the Main Gallery. Powell is a Portland based installation artist. She has created a site specific installation in the main gallery of the Kimball Art Center depicting a succession of wall-size pages from the West Elm catalogue. Powell entirely covers the painted walls with contact paper, and, afterwards, cuts detailed designs through with an exacto knife. Making the mass-produced into something unique and irreproducible Powell removes the act of commerce from the images. Through October 26.
AND: Erin W. Berrett: The Shoe Series, in the Garage Gallery. Through October 1.
Meyer Gallery UP: An exhibition of 20 new paintings by Bountiful artist Seth Winegar. Winegar is known for his tonalist renditions of the landscape that concentrate on color and light. "I want to capture the spirit of the scene," the artist says. "If a painting is truly alive it has to have a spirit...the goal is trying to attain immediate intimacy."