Artist Profile: Salt Lake
Rest assured that Blue Critchfield is not splegiarizing . . . whatever that means
When Blue Critchfield offered to lend out his sketchbook for perusal, he may as well have said, "Hey, here's a key that opens a door into my brain." Letting it go was risky, but appropriate for an artist who is pointedly focused on authentic communication. His personal definition of success revolves around "creating paintings honestly and thoughtfully," which, in his terms, is accomplished through relentless honing of both skill and intent. "When I look at a piece of art," Blue explains, "I think, ok, so what is this really doing? Does this offer anything? Does this say anything? Is it part of some transcendental cause? What is it contributing to society? I think I'm trying to figure out my own worth as an artist. So, while it's not always fair to place every artist in that context of having a social purpose, that's what I consider."
Exhibition Spotlight: Provo
I am Chris Purdie at Sego Art Center
by Ehren Clark
On Friday, March 6, at the Sego Art Center thirty-five performers will be playing the role of one visual artist: Chris Puride. Wearing the artist's "uniform" -- black clothes, black glasses, black knit cap -- they will be acting out the part of the visual artist during the three hour perforamnce. This idea may seem like the narcissistic fantasy of an egotistical megalomaniac, but in reality Purdie is a shy, soft-spoken individual. The performance, then, is an examination of identity, a play on personas, and in the words of Sego director Jason Metcalf, "an excercise in relational aesthetics." The artist and collaborators participate in a collective experience greater than individual artistic achievement and invite viewers to become part of the dialogue. A week before the opening performance I sat down with five of the thirty-five Christ Purdies participating in the performance to discuss art, performance and the creation of identity. What follows is a redaction of the conversation.
For me I think it is a life long process. I might find my identity here in Provo but when I move to grad school my identity might become lost in a world and I might have to redefine where I fit and how I interact. There are so many aspects of one's core or essential self. They are very contradictory, some are vulnerable, some are cruel, some are wise, and each role all relates to an aspect of an own personal being. Everyone has a different side of them that comes out depending on their surroundings. When I am at home I am at a place where I can be comfortable, where I can be Chris, a Chris that I am comfortable with, or when I am at a show, where I can talk about my art, I find that I draw in because this is a place where I feel uncomfortable, that this brings out the scared side of Chris, the upsetting frustrated side of Chris, or when I am doing my finances this brings out the analytical side of Chris. This project came from developing another persona in a way, letting someone else be Chris Purdie.
|Exhibition Reviews: Salt Lake & Ephraim
Exhibits by Matthew Choberka at CUAC & Finch Lane
by Geoff Wichert
Matthew Choberka, a well-liked and influential painting professor at Weber State, can briefly be seen in overlapping exhibits in two of the most progressive galleries in Utah. His work could be called post-modernist, or painterly environmentalist, but it seems to me that he partakes of a mainstream movement that hasn’t been named yet; it ought to be called Abstract Representation, or, in the manner of its great and direct ancestorAbstract Expressionismit might style itself Abstract Realism.