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In This Issue
Jean Arnold: The Path is Not Always Straight-P2
 Layne Meacham at Artspace/ David Delthony -P3
TRASA'S Emerging Women/ What's Up at the Eccles -P4
Julie Newland/ Artist Resource Center -P5
Alicia's & Lamplight Gallery in Bountiful-P5
Letter From the Editor, Misc. Art News -P6
September 2002
Published every 6 weeks by Artists of Utah, a non-profit organization
Exhibition Review & Artist Profiles

Jean Arnold 'Shadow Play' mixed media on paper 43.5 x 53.5
This year's Utah Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship exhibition presents two distinct and fascinating artists, both pushing the boundaries of aesthetics in their given fields.

The Utah Arts Council awards the Visual Arts Fellowship to two artists annually.

This year's exhibit will include SLC artist Jean Arnold’s large mixed-media drawings of abstracted, surrealistic urban landscapes, and Escalante artist David Delthony’s organic, sculptured wood furniture.

The artists were chosen by this year’s juror, Townsend Wolfe, director of the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas.  Wolfe finds that the artists share common strengths:  “ Their clarity of vision, inventive exploration of space, solid statements of form, line and movement, caused me to understand and believe in their art.” 

David Delthony 'Phoenix'David Delthony’s “Sculptured Furniture” has focused for over 20 years  on the dialog between aesthetic and functional values in the art of creative woodworking.  His laminated and sculpted forms transcend conventional ideas by expanding upon the spatial boundaries normally associated with furniture. The artistic sensuality which defines his work  embraces both visual and tactile senses, inviting and  encouraging human contact.  Simultaneously, Delthony works within the syntax of fine furniture, incorporating ergonomic guidelines and impeccable craftsmanship into the sculptured form.  This unique combination gives rise to his visionary use of fine furniture for artistic expression.

Arnold recently exhibited at the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Finch Lane Gallery, and in the Summer Group Show at Phillips Gallery.  She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, regionally and nationally.  She has received several awards in juried shows and an Individual Artist Grant from the Utah Arts Council. 

This month's edition of 15 BYTES provides profiles of these unique and intriguing artists in their own words. Take a seat in one of David Delthony's sculpted wonders as you listen in to his interview with Karen Kestler, or sit in with Jean Arnold as she cruises the streets of Salt Lake, sketching, absorbing and reinvisioning the urban landscape.

The Utah Arts Council presents the works of these artists from September 16th to November 1, with an opening reception of Friday, September 20, from 6 to 9 pm.  Jean Arnold will also give a Gallery Talk on September 27 at 7pm.
The Utah Arts Council's Rio Gallery is located at 310 South Rio Grande Street (455 West).  Open hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Artist Profile - Salt Lake City

an introduction by John Erickson, Assistant Professor of Art, University of Utah

Jean Arnold has been “up to something.”  Her transformation from competent observer to a mature personal voice spans ten years of hard work—as a friend, for  years I have watched this evolution first hand.  She has eschewed the expected use of perspective and chiaroscuro to find a language beyond the pat categories of figurative or abstract.

Arnold’s images come from the urban landscape.  She improvises from nature and freely reorganizes space.  Facts are subordinated in favor of a plasticity activated by the interplay of relationships, rather than the illustration of “things.”  Forms arrive swollen, resonant, and oddly classical in their simplification.  Volumes breathe and exhale.  Colors emerge, compose and disappear into the grunge of tonal harmony.  Opposites conflict and synthesize.  Picture plane is held in tension. 

An unexpected surreal dimensionality begins to live its own rambunctious life.  Bee-bop-like rather than impressionistic, Arnold’s paintings “get the job done” with a surprising pictorial rightness.  Deceivingly simple and elegant, this hard won language has been fought for.  Resolute observations mixed with imaginative freedom are her trademark.  Jean Arnold is “up to something.”    -- J.E.

jean arnold's tools
photo of Jean Arnold's work table by Steve Coray. To find out what Jean Arnold is up to, read "The Path is Rarely Straight" on page 2.

Exhibition Review

TRASA exterior photo by Steve Coray

TRASA, the Urban Arts collective, has found a home in a big, handsome, old, brick, factory-looking building on the west side of downtown SLC. The organization, which takes its name from a Sanskrit word describing a moving collective of living beings, is a charitable arts and education program designed to connect area artists in order to share ideas, knowledge and resources.  

During July and August TRASA presented "Emerging Women: all media," a juried show representing the artistic explorations of 41 local artists, ranging from up-and-coming young women to grandmothers with a lifetime of work that has never before been shown. The visual exhibition served as a backdrop for two months of events showcasing female performers in genres ranging from indie rock and drum n' bass to theater and modern dance.

As is usual with such shows, the concerns of the participants in “Emerging Women: all media” were quite various, as was the quality of the work. . .

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Artist Profile - Escalante
David Delthony sanding one of his chairs by Karen Kesler

Early last spring I was on a search for artists on behalf of two new Torrey exhibition venues.  A friend had mentioned that I needed to see the work of two artists in Escalante – so one beautiful day I cruised down Highway 12 (one of the most scenic roads in the United States) to meet furniture artist David Delthony and his wife Brigitte, a ceramist, art teacher and therapist. 

Their 20-acre property is just west of town. The Delthonys had arrived in southern Utah in 1996 from Germany and had shipped David's massive woodworking equipment, and Brigitte's art workshop and all their household belongings in two overseas containers.  As new pioneers to remote canyon country, they quickly built an expansive workshop, established a vegetable garden for themselves, adopted two lively dogs and restarted the careers they had left behind in Germany.

As a former furniture designer with an MFA in ceramics, I found I found I had much to talk about with the Delthonys.  I was very enthusiastic about David’s beautiful sculptured wood furniture and Brigitte’s evocative primitive pottery forms. David's upcoming exhibition at the Utah Arts Council's Rio Gallery provided me an impetus to sit down with David and talk at length about his work.

KK:  David, you have been creating your unique “Sculptured Furniture” for almost 25 years and have just this year received the Utah Arts Council Fellowship award.  In your biography I see  mention of New York, Turkey, Berlin, and just recently, Escalante, UT…….could you tell us something of the career path which has brought you here?

DD: I was born and raised in New York and from an early age had a definite interest in wood and working with my hands. While receiving my B.A. at Haverford College in PA, my interests developed further in the directions of art, ceramics, sculpture and woodworking, but I was not yet ready or able to undertake this path. After serving two years in the Peace Corps in Turkey, where I also worked with local village potters, I returned to New York with an increased desire to pursue an artistic career. . .
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