Friday, June 17, 2011

June Gallery Stroll Best Bets

Posted By on June 17, 2011, 1:12 PM

East Broadway has become the de facto core of the monthly Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll. And summer strolls can be bustling, so much so that the social scene can overwhelm the art you can see.---

It’s just easier to peruse galleries (with elbow room even) with fewer strollers braving the elements in the winter and shoulder seasons. Not that I’m anti-social--far from it. And I think the more people that are around contemporary art, the better off the arts community is. It’s just that I like to actually see and appreciate art on Gallery Stroll nights. So here’s a sampling of exhibitions that are warrant making the trek off Broadway--mainly for the art, but also so your visit is a little more manageable.

House Gallery will feature Brooklyn-based artist Kadar Brock's wcfsb. In Brock’s first exhibition in Salt Lake City, he examines the world and gaze of spell books and fantasy games.

Heading west, take a look into the wondrous mind (and home) of Jim Williams, with the pop-up exhibition, the beginning of now, at Westgate Lofts (328 W. 200 South). GARFO co-curator Cara Despain has worked with Williams for nearly two years authoring a documentary on his home—which itself has become “art” as much as his individual pieces—and the relevance of his work. Tonight is the last opportunity to see the quirky exhibition and will serve as a reception to the artist and the release of Despain’s documentary book.

If you haven’t considered the difference between reliquaries, reliqueries and queries previously, the art of Frank McEntire will provide an opportunity to do so. reli-QUERIES, an exhibition of McEntire’s work, opens and runs through August 6 at Nox Contemporary. McEntire explores the idea of reliquaries as containers in which sacred and secular objects alike are kept.

And end the evening over at Mestizo Coffeehouse and Art Gallery with an exhibition by Jorge Rojas. WaxWorks will feature a decade’s worth of Rojas’ experimentation with wax, which explores its sculptural qualities and its properties of translucence and opacity.

The Salt Lake Art Center will feature two exhibitions, both opened just last week and equally excellent: Fallen Fruit of Utah (click here for a podcast interview with the artists) and Not Just Another Pretty Face.

For additional information on gallery openings tonight, check out City Weekly’s Visual Art listings in the events calendar.

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