If the medium is the message, then the bread sculptures might be seen as a metaphor for the way the place, and its edifices, provide sustenance—social, political and spiritual. This Los Angeles artist who studied at the Rhode Island School of Design presents another view in the pull this state has had on people from elsewhere, not the least of which is pondering its idiosyncrasies.
“Fontenot’s beautifully crafted artworks fuse beauty and cynicism to question how and why certain items become memorialized in our culture and history. The exhibition seeks to create a portrait of Utah from the perspective of an outsider researching the symbols, myths, landmarks and complex political and religious ideologies that help define this complicated state,” says Micol Hebron, senior curator of exhibitions at the Salt Lake Art Center.
The art center also will present Fontenot’s new book, An Introduction to the Glorious State of Utah, with an introduction by local cartoonist and humorist Pat Bagley, a proper foil to Fontenot’s astute, and at times humorous, observations.