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   December 2009
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work by Philip Buller
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Up and Upcoming: To The North
Exhibition Listings in Northern Utah
Prepared by 15 Bytes staff unless otherwise indicated. UPCOMING and UP listings should reach us by the last Wednesday of the month. Those accepted will run until the closing date, or for one month if no closing date is given. Readers using the guide are cautioned to check with the exhibitor if the accuracy of the listing is crucial. Please send listings for this page to editor@artistsofutah.org

PARK CITY
The next Park City Gallery Stroll is Friday, November 27, from 6 to 9 pm.

Julie Nester Gallery UP: In the Mines, new works by Philip Buller. Philip Buller is a figurative painter known for his historic, large scale paintings and unique surface texture.|0| Buller employs a painting technique that involves the process of repeated application and erasure; fragments of semi-transparent images echo other images, creating a ghostly, veil-like presence and an experience not unlike memory or recognition. The paintings in this exhibition are inspired by a recent commission that Buller completed for the St. Regis Deer Crest Resort. The paintings have an historic reference to Park City's mining heritage and represent mining as both an experience and as metaphor. Through December 28.

Kimball Art Center UP: Kevin Hogge: Left to the Elements. In Kevin Hogge's paintings, abandoned trucks and industrial equipment are just some of the man-made objects that struggle to exist in the elements of nature.|1| Through January 14, 2010. AND: Kimball Art Center’s Annual Holiday Display. Through January 5, 2010.

Phoenix Gallery UP: SMALL Invitational, 108 12"x12" gems created by fifty-four of the region's best artists.|2|

Gallery MAR UPCOMING: Second Annual Locals’ Miniature Show, Featuring local Utah Gallery MAR artists. Openng Friday, December 18th 6-9 pm.

Meyer Gallery UP: Jeff Ashcroft, ten new paintings by this painter of contemporary still life, through December 15. UPCOMING: Bridge Academy, showcasing work from some of the brightest emerging Utah artists studying at the Bridge Academy of Fine Art in Provo. Opening Friday December 4th. AND: Thomas Howard and George Allen. Reception, Friday December 18th, 6 to 9pm during the Park City Gallery Stroll.

Coda Gallery UPCOMING: Jamie Perry |3| and Stacy Phillips, opening Friday, December 18, 6-9pm.

Mountain Trails Gallery UPCOMING: Mark Gibson, December 11th - 16th. Reception: December 12th, 5-8 pm. AND: Shanna Kunz,|4| December 18th–26th. Reception: December 19th, 5-8 pm.

BRIGHAM CITY
Brigham City Museum UP: Beyond American Gothic, satirical works based on Grant Wood's memorable painting "American Gothic." |5| The Museum's current exhibit is as much about the obsession of collecting as it is about art. Bill Laursen, a Sandy resident who taught art at Cottonwood High School, has collected over 100 parodies of Grant Wood's iconic "American Gothic." To make his discussions of art history more memorable to his students Laursen included a mimicry of "American Gothic" from an article that appeared in LIFE magazine in the early 1980s. Some of the subjects were Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, the Beverly Hillbillies and the Ku Klux Klan. Over time, students, family and friends presented Laursen with additional parodies on the painting. These include images from television shows, sculpture, comic books, movie posters, animated cartoons, food labels, advertisements and billion dollar “currency,” to name a few. Other take-offs accumulated are a Muppets’ coloring book, Fig [Paul] Newman’s cookies, Halloween ghouls, RC Willey billboard, Mom and Popcorn purchased in a deli in New York City, sweatshirts and a 2002 Winter Olympics pin. Laursen saw the original painting at a retrospective exhibit at the Whitney, and says he has great respect for the piece. Through December 9.

LOGAN
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP: Uses of the Real: Originality, Conditional Objects, and Action/Documentation, Contemplation, an exhibit that uses works from the Museum's permanent collection to explore the question, "What is art?" Through December.

BOUNTIFUL
BDAC UP: 2009 Annual Holiday Show. Through December 23.

Apple Frame Gallery UP: Small Works for the Holiday, through December 31.

OGDEN AREA
The Ogden First Fridays Art Walk takes place every month on the First Friday of the month. On December 4th galleries are open from 6 to 9 pm for receptions.

Shaw Gallery at Weber State UPCOMING: Fall BFA Thesis Exhibition, December 4 - January 2. Exhibit Reception: Friday, December 4, 7-–9 PM.

Universe City (2556 Washington Blvd, 801.458.8959) UP:
Apocrypha, a series of cinematic photographs by Matt Glass depicting an apocalyptic alternative reality.|6| Each photograph represents a different narrative, but they all take place in the same apocalyptic world. In this world, an unknown event has left humanity in ruin. The source of the violence and destruction is never seen. The human reaction to this apocalypse is the focus. At the core of the series are the four horsemen from the book of Revelation placed in a contemporary setting: War is a lawyer, Famine is a butcher, the Antichrist is a Hollywood starlet and Death is a pandemic. The rest of the series features a variety of characters dealing with the destruction and chaos of this apocalyptic world. The extreme shadows and highlights as well as the theatrical gesturing in these photographs is inspired by the painting style of Baroque artists Caravaggio and Rembrandt. These techniques add intensity to the subject matter and give the photographs a cinematic feel (watch a video interview with the artist).

Eccles Community Art Center UP: Intermountain Society of Artists, Members of Merit exhibition. The Carriage House Gallery will feature local artists with an Artist Invitational/Holiday Boutique exhibit.|7|The Intermountain Society of Artists (ISA) is a Utah non-profit corporation that was founded April 9, 1969. It provides an environment for artists that inspires, challenges, educates, encourages and assists them in the pursuit of excellence in the creation, enjoyment and sharing of art in the intermountain area. Exhibit chairman, Iletta Green indicates that 14 artist will be exhibiting in the Member of Merit show at the Eccles Community Art Center. Member of Merit status is awarded to individuals who have through peer recognition demonstrated excellence as an artist. Reception for the artists - Friday, December 4 from 6 to 9 pm. Through December 31.

Gallery 25 UP: Holiday Open House with artwork by Lucile Chamberlin, Keith Dabb, Lauri Eskelson, Carol Fielding, Jeff Hepworth, Roberta Glidden, Phil Hopkins, Liz Pierce, Mac Stevenson and Doug Wride, 6-9 pm.

Gallery at the Station UP: Artwork by Russell Case, Greg Woodward and George Handrahan, through January 5, 2010. Reception, December 4, 6-8 pm.

Holiday Feature
Recommended Reads
Holiday Gift Ideas from our Writers

The following books were submitted by our writers as books they would like for the holidays or good reads that they recommend for their art lovers on your holiday list.

Anna Held Audette, The Blank Canvas: Inviting the Muse, Shambala, 1993. 109 pp.; 19 B&W images.


For art students and studio artists, whether full-time or part-time, these precious pages may inspire (or re-inspire) when finding a starting point seems impossible. The author, Anna Held Audette, taught at Southern Connecticut State University for many years. For this reason, though she encourages artists to look at art of preceding generations, she also advises looking at other popular sources, setting up a studio, and determining a regular practice. "Overcoming Difficulties," the fourth chapter (pp. 50-73), is worth its weight in gold for the strategies for discovering and taking new "first steps" with every new artwork. Added bonus... If you enjoy this book, you might consider Audette's second Shambala publication, 100 Creative Drawing Ideas (2004).


David duChemin, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision, New Riders Press, 20009. 272pp.

Primarily for photographers but useful for most any artist this book is about expressing your vision within the frame (viewfinder) and taking responsibility for everything within the frame - and not within the frame. No gear talk here, no Canon versus Nikon - it's all about your vision and how to express it as clearly and passionately as possible.

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era, University of California Press, 2009. 296pp.

It might be a bit on the academic side, but in terms of raising issues about artists and their labor, its a very timely book. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, in response to the political turbulence generated by the Vietnam War, an important group of American artists and critics sought to expand the definition of creative labor by identifying themselves as "art workers." In the first book to examine this movement, Julia Bryan-Wilson shows how a polemical redefinition of artistic labor played a central role in minimalism, process art, feminist criticism, and conceptualism. :

Roberto Calasso, Tiepolo Pink, Knopf, 2009. 320pp.

This book is a gem: condensed, multi-faceted and sparkling with light. Calasso's books are sui generis, somewhere between history, art criticism and imaginative literature. In this book-long essay the author examines Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo, a dazzling artist of immense talent often written off as simply an interlude in the history of art. Of particular interest is Calasso's examination of the artist's series of thirty-three bizarre and haunting etchings, the Capricci and the Scherzi, which the author interprets as chapters in a dark narrative that contains the secret of Tiepolo's art.

Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo, Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art, Penguin Press, 2009. 352 pp.

You couldn't write a better story line if you were dealing with fiction. A classic English con-man -- a working class chameleon racconteur who turns himself into a posh nuclear scientist with big world connection infiltrates the British art world establishment, not only passing on fake masterpieces, but adulterating the provenance system in order to do so. He is able to do this for an entire decade, flooding the market with fake works, only a third of which have been identified and recovered. The authors do a wonderful job of developing an intriguing cast of characters, including the at-first unwitting creator of the fakes, the art world cognoscenti who fell for the ruse, and the astute professionals and policemen who eventually exposed the con.


Vivian Endicott Barnett, Christian Derouet and Tracy Bashkoff, Kandinsky, Guggenheim Museum, 2009. 320pp.

The blockbuster retrospective exhibit on Wassily Kandinsky now at the Guggenheim would be worth the trip even if it were being held in Tulsa rather than New York. For those who can't make the trip, the exhibit catalogue does an admirable job of capturing the imagination and the color -- oh the color -- of one of the founders of abstract art. The reproductions are all fairly faithful, and the essays are some of the best written on Kandinsky.

OTHER SUGGESTIONS:

The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Seven Days in the Art World

Participation (Documents of Contemporary Art)

Wu Hung on Contemporary Chinese Artists

The Infinity of Lists: An Illustrated Essay

Become an Underwriter