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Bad Art Show

Art is in the eye of the beholder, and the same holds true of “bad art.” When you get some of Salt Lake City’s most noteworthy artists to create their version of intentionally bad art, the results are special, indeed. If you’re looking for dogs playing poker, a heartfelt depiction of Elvis, or children with enormous, soulful eyes, the Bad Art Show at Kayo Gallery may be just the spot.

It might present the greatest challenge to accomplished artists to create something “bad,” and these aren’t failed attempts at art but works that succeed on some level, whether camp, kitsch, maudlin or overly sentimental. Bad art, if it’s bad on a large enough scale, could be breathtaking. Artists who have donated work include Trent Call, Magen Mitchell, Gentry Blackburn, Ryan Akerley and Stu Barnes. If the medium is the message, it can’t really be a bad art show without something on velvet. (Brian Staker)

Bad Art Show @ Kayo Gallery, 177 E. Broadway, 801-532-0080, through May 16, free.

Date: Apr 26, 2012
Time: 12 pm
Phone: 801-532-0080
Address: 177 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 84111
Where: Kayo Gallery