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Visual Art | Building a Collection: Salt Lake County adds to its genre-spanning showcase for Utah artists.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Dec 24,2008 - Art and government entities go together like oil paint and water bills—but the largest and most comprehensive collection of Utah artwork is housed in a government edifice. Salt Lake County’s collection of more than 450 original works in paint, photography, pottery and sculpture assembles many of the best-known local artists with some up-and-comers to create a surprisingly eclectic grou...

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Visual Art | Fast and Bulbous: Sri Whipple’s abstract sensuality...

...meets Steven Larson’s war-torn imagery at Kayo Gallery.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Nov 19,2008 - The story of artwork is the story of the eye and its various travels. A skilled artist will guide the optic sojourner in a deliberate arc, and the works of Sri Whipple also travel through psychological and fantastical realms. That in itself isn’t uncommon, but the way his shapes are perpetually in the process of evolving makes their narrative more compelling. Abstract shapes are becoming fig...

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Visual Art | Wall Eyed: Local artists turn the hidden spaces of Sam Weller’s bookstore into a gallery.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Oct 29,2008 - Every building contains volumes of stories, tales that don’t always see the light of day. The staff of City Weekly is keenly aware of that, having moved several years ago to share a building with Sam Weller’s Bookstore, among other tenants. The site is brimming with legends from their decades in the bookstore business—a gathering place for some of the most captivating books, auth...

Other A&E

Art | Bringing It All Back Home: Salt Lake City’s innovative 337 Project turns garage doors into artistic canvases.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Oct 1,2008 - Art—and artists, for that matter—have traditionally had a hard time finding a place to feel at home, from artists of the Renaissance who struggled with an uneasy relationship with wealthy patronage to Van Gogh who lived in poverty to today’s...

Other A&E

A&E | Studio Space: IAO Projects expands the horizons of a “gallery.”

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Sep 3,2008 - Welcome to the biggest little gallery in Salt Lake City. But if Albert Wang has his way, IAO Projects will be among the broadest—in terms of artwork if not physical space—in the world. Only a few months old, the brainchild of Wang and gallery...

Music Articles

Music | Unlocking the Tolchocks: Salt Lake City rockers release their long-awaited Albalone Skeletone.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Sep 3,2008 - The first thing I notice at Oliver Lewis’ west-side house is the squash growing by the front yard. The first thing Lewis’ bandmates in Tolchock Trio notice is my Flaming Lips T-shirt. They mention that they actually have Zaireeka parties,...

Music Articles

Music | Tolchock Trio Then & Now: Comparing the band’s two most recent CDs.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Sep 3,2008 - Ghosts Don’t Have Bones (2005) “Our Lady of Good Counsel”: spare, languid and loose, yet edgy with guitars that can snarl. “Wolf Eyes” brings a bit of horrified discotheque beat along with indie-rock scarification. This “indie-rock...

Visual Art

Visual Art | Scene & Noted: “Notorious” portrait posters steal the show at Phil Sherburne and Leia Bell’s new venue.

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Aug 27,2008 - The people who brought you Kilby Court are back. Phil Sherburne and Leia Bell—the husband-and-wife team who created one of the biggest little music venues in the country as well as Bell’s whimsical representations of “gigs” on...

Visual Art

Visual Art | Mixed Use: Mestizo Coffeehouse re-opens with a vision for an artistically vibrant west side

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Jul 23,2008 - Artist and activist Ruby Chacon just lost a day. Driving back from her son Orion’s band concert in California on Tuesday, June 15, their car overturned on the freeway. It would take more than the few bruises she sustained in the crash to deter her...

Visual Art

Visual Art | Going to the Wolves: Printmaker Chad Tolley explores the animal side of the male psyche

By Brian Staker
POSTED // Jun 18,2008 - Slam. The metal and wood surfaces of the press make contact with paper, the artist’s hand distant at the moment the dark, fluid ink rushes through the porous surface of the fiber like blood flowing under the skin. But where is the human touch? The...
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