Artworks like these (“Utopian Grove” is pictured) may prompt one to try to determine what kind of “statement” the artist is making. Is the world of the artificial overtaking nature, overgrowing it like a proverbial weed? The idyllic visions of these vistas are a view into our own aesthetic bias that color both our artistic sensibilities as well as our preferences about the natural world and its order. They are compelling enough that her latest show in the Big Apple was featured as a “must-see” by public radio station WNYC.
Or can you take these diminutive depictions of a world closely similar to our own as mere accounting—taking what is at hand, in terms of material—to shape a model of our world the way an architect might? As such, they are an odd celebration of the creative impulse and the human desire to shape the environment. One thing that’s intriguing about the title: These works don’t include a depiction of an all-too-possible future in which we, and the world, are obliterated.
%u2028(Brian Staker) Kim Holleman: All Possible Futures @ House Gallery, 29 E. 400 South, 801-910-1736, through Aug. 27, free. Gallery stroll reception Aug. 19, 6-9 p.m. HouseGallerySLC.com
Date: Aug 9, 2011
Time: All Day
Address: 29 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: House Gallery