Denis Phillips is well known for abstracted canvases of color and line. In his new work, he presents equally provocative digitally rendered abstractions. These are articulated in meticulous detail through giclée prints such as “800.”
Earl Jones made his mark on Utah landscape following in the path of Maynard Dixon and LeConte Stewart. He painted mountain ranges and skies like “Marble Canyon, Utah” that are reduced and emotive. Deral Barton combines the traditional with an element of surprise in ceramics that continue to dazzle. “His Master’s Flute” is a stoneware pot with a full figure of Pan set atop, circled by faces of Pan, with cleft feet for the base.
Frank Anthony Smith’s “Tankhead” (pictured) is a massive pen & ink rendering of a lopsided tank armed with visual puns. Heads jut from every direction—strong gender types, people of ethnicity, even celebrities like Nicolas Cage. Smith trudges the ground of social commentary with this armored vehicle. It is a loaded show—and seemingly these “geezers” are far from their “last hurrah.” (Ehren Clark)
Four Old Geezers, One Last Hurrah! @ Phillips Gallery, 444 E. 200 South, 801-364-8284, through May 11, free. Phillips-Gallery.com
Date: Apr 27, 2012
Time: 11 am
Address: 444 East 200 South, Salt Lake City, 84111
Where: Phillips Gallery