The art world is one place where size does matter, whether a work is an intricate, postage-stamp-size miniature or a huge canvas that takes up a lot of gallery wall real-estate. This is illustrated sharply by the Visual Art Institute, a nonprofit after-school art program for grade-school children. Its Micro/Macro show invited half a dozen local artists to create two works each, one small and one extra-large.
The artists were chosen specifically because they are known for their small- or large-scale work. Nolan Baumgartner’s sculptures often include furniture, so it will be interesting to see what he produces in less-than-lifesize. Patrick Munger’s drawings and paintings aren’t small in size, but lead the eye into lines that unfold inwardly. Ben Wiemeyer, the Salt Lake Art Center’s exhibit curator, is so familiar with oversize painting surfaces that his most recent work has been seen at Neighborhood House’s garage-door exhibit. The challenge was thrown out to see what these artists would do with a scale unfamiliar to them. World-class origami artist Matthew Jones will demonstrate his art form live at the opening. Graduating seniors Alexandra Jameson, Kourtney Keisker and Holland Larsen will be showing work from their years at VAI in The Bookroom at Garfo Art Center—VAI’s student gallery. This mini-retrospective will illustrate how students benefit from the Visual Art Institute‘s arts education program.
When it comes to enjoying this art as a spectator, one size fits all.
Micro/Macro @ Visual Art Institute, 1838 S. 1500 East, 801-474-3796, through July 19. VisualArtInstitute.org.