[CW A&E Pick] The Locals Only gallery at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly the Salt Lake Art Center) opened last year with Jared Clark's Bild, a site-specific sculpture that used detritus from the street. The second installation in the series is a very different work: Joshua Luther's multimedia piece Meaning examines the language that makes up the building blocks of thought and why it has the power it does, its weight and, sometimes, its lightness.
Deeply informed by his studies of epistemology and linguistics, these works depend nevertheless on the physical materials for their metaphorical significance. “Meaning Container” consists of two identical concrete blocks, slightly under a square foot, bearing the inscription “Object Description: The Universe or an Atom cast in concrete” (pictured). Luther explains it as “an attempt to create identical objects that contained very different meanings.” The tension between language and the medium, caught in the context of the viewer's experience, can create tantalizing tangles. (Brian Staker)
Joshua Luther: Meaning @ Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple, 801-328-4201, Jan. 6-April 21, free. UMOCA.org
Date: Mar 15, 2012
Address: 20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Utah Museum of Contemporary Art