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Visual Art

Andrea Jensen: Entropostasis

Andrea Jensen looks at alterations beyond our control in Entropostasis

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Apr 8,2014 - The environment provides rich material for artists these days, especially in the many ways humans have tried to structure it, and the relationship of human structures to the natural world. In the latest exhibit at the Projects Gallery (formerly Locals Only) at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Andrea Jensen’s mixed-media paintings look at building forms in flux amid forces of decay and degradation.

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UMOCA: Do It

Touring exhibition asks viewers to participate in its own creation

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Mar 11,2014 - You might be taken aback when one of the first things you see in an art exhibition is lingerie hanging on the wall. But, perhaps more than anything UMOCA has ever produced, do it— the newest exhibit in the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s main gallery—calls into question everything about art: not just what art is, but the process by which it is made, who and what an artist is, and the roles of the curator and the viewer.

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Under the Influence

The exhibition Utah’s 15 showcases a few of the state’s most significant artists.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Feb 25,2014 - Which artists have made the biggest impact on Utah? Could you narrow that list down to just 15? That was the gauntlet thrown down by local online arts magazine 15 Bytes (15Bytes.org) in spring 2013.

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Clearing the Air

Visiting artists help turn a University of Utah gallery into an exploration of air pollution

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Feb 3,2014 - When a political or societal issue comes to the forefront of public discourse, sometimes it takes art to bring things into sharper focus or just provide new perspectives. The issue of air quality in the Salt Lake Valley is something residents confront every time they venture outside, particularly during the winter inversions. But artists from the other side of the world can look at the problem anew.

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Trent Harris: Echo Cave

UMOCA explores the wild imagination of filmmaker/artist Trent Harris

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Jan 27,2014 - Trent Harris’ book Mondo Utah provided the title for—and was one of the focal points of—2013’s monumental Mondo Utah art exhibit at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art,

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On The Border: A Story of Forced Migration From Burma

Mestizo Arts showcases art inspired by refugees from Burmese genocide.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Dec 23,2013 - Art is capable of a lot of things—including fulfilling a role of visual storytelling, of cultural expression, and serving as vehicle for political awareness. Mestizo Coffeehouse & Art Gallery, a multicultural touchstone in Salt Lake City, is exhibiting On the Border: A Story of Forced Migration from Burma, which features the watercolors of Maung Maung Tinn, a Burmese artist living near the border of Burma and Thailand, whose works depict the struggles of refugees fleeing torture and genocide by the Burmese military regime.

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Stephanie Leitch's "Untitled Apogee"

Artist continues exploring her Utah surroundings.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Dec 2,2013 - For installation artist Stephanie Leitch’s new work “Untitled Apogee” at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the shape of the work itself took on a kind of psychological geography.

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RAW: Translations

Showcase of the best in art, fashion, film and more

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Oct 21,2013 - You’ve got an artistic vision burning in your brain that you’ve just got to share with the world. You’ve taken art classes, painstakingly honed your skills and perhaps even completed a degree in your chosen discipline.

Visual Art

Martha Wilson

Retrospective traces evolution of artistic self-experiments

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Sep 9,2013 - For four decades, Martha Wilson has been at the forefront of this movement, with her work in live performance, video and photo-text juxtapositions in the late 1970s collaborating with DISBAND—“the all-girl band of artists who couldn’t play any instruments,” as she puts it—and founding the nonprofit art space Franklin Furnace in Brooklyn. The traveling exhibition Martha Wilson: Staging the Self at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts traces the development of her work and herself as an artist.

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The Awkward Years Project

Utah blogger shifts from humor to inspiration after going viral

By Austen Diamond
POSTED // Sep 2,2013 - The 11-year-old Merilee Allred captured in a Big Sky Elementary yearbook is wearing a friendship bracelet that she made for herself. In front of a gaudy early-’90s backdrop, she’s sporting poofy bangs, permed hair
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