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This collection includes documentation of exhibitions, installations, artwork and other related materials from the Utah Museum of Contempory Art in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Looped
Ongoing video series exhibition in the Foyer., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Love In Hell: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Orpheus and Eurydice
The great archetype for poets, musicians, artists, and lovers in Orpheus, the ancient Greek shaman, singer, and lover. Orpheus sang the world's sorrow and the world's beauty with such singular intensity that forests and beasts followed. He sang the passionate extremity of devotion for his beloved spouse Eurydice and the grief he felt over her death with such art and feeling that the very power of death was defeated. The artists in the exhibition reflect on Orpheus and Eurydice. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Love, Lust and Motorcycles
An event benefiting the Salt Lake Art Center held on June 12, 2004. The event includes a raffle for a 1997 metallic red Harley-Davidson Sportster, live auction, silent auction, dinner, dancing and the unexpected., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Making Waves: Controversial Art in Utah
"Making Waves: Controversial Art in Utah" is an unprecedented examination of those works that have, over the past century, caused public outcry, drew the threat of censorship or were censored in some way in Utah. The purpose of the exhibition is a three-fold. First, to examine the nature of community standards in our state, the ways they changed over time and the influence they have on expression in the arts. Second, to celebrate freedom of expression by exhibiting works that tested societal boundaries during the periods in which they were created or exhibited. Third, to encourage public dialogue about controversy, censorship and compromise. Works have been chosen based on three principal criteria: the extent to which they reflect the attitudes of the times in which they were created; the extent to which they reflect a range of controversial subject matter; and the aesthetic and artistic quality of the works themselves. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery Center., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Mario Reis: Nature Water Colors
The exhibit "Nature Water Colors" is created by soaking the canvas's in various rivers to capture the "color" of the river. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Mark Hedengren: The Invincibility Fable
Images depicting the exuberant youth culture oblivious to the dangers posed by rocks and water. The latest Locals Only Gallery inhabitant is Mark Hedengren. The Invincibility Fable is a survey of over 30 color photographs taken from his series Cliff Jumpers, a project that spanned nearly two years while Hedengren traveled across the nation. His images depict the exuberant youth culture found at swimming holes across the American South and Mountain West, oblivious to the dangers posed by rocks and water. The Invincibility Fable is Hedengren’s first solo exhibition in Utah. He has been in shows juried by the National Portrait Gallery and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Mark is also active in film making with movies showing at Slamdance, on BBC Films and at Sundance, where he directed the feature Skippy. He has a BFA from BYU, a MFA from the Glasgow School of Art and works with Getty Images. Exhibition held in the Locals Only Gallery space., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Masters of West Coast Assemblage & Collage
The Salt Lake Art Center exhibition "West Coast Master of Assemblage and Collage" pays tribute to the small group of artists who are universally acknowledged as masters of mixed media expression. Following the Second World War, San Francisco and Los Angeles became havens for a small group of artists and poets who saw the use of found materials and objects as fodder for assemblages and collages that address social and aesthetic issues at work in contemporary society. The sense of liberation, mixed with the various states of anxiety of neglected social issues, gave the avant-guard art of the 1960's a prophetic edginess. As critics of social injustice and the misuses of media, the art of Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz and Betye Saar have assured them a special place in American history. Exhibition held in the Projects Gallery., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Material Culture: The Fine Art of Textile
There is accord between the anthropological definition of material culture and its application to this exhibition. These six artists have produced artworks that not only meet, but exceed the criteria. All use textile and associated techniques, but each is a solitary and significant representative of one technique without duplication. All are included for their common threads and divergent techniques. Exhibition held in the Man Gallery and Projects Gallery spaces., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe Acrobat.
Megan Geckler: "No Chance To Move Backward And See"
Megan Geckler creates site-specific installations using construction flagging tape, mathematical calculations, and color theory. Geckler’s installation at UMOCA, “No chance to move backwards and see”, transforms the gallery space, inviting the viewer to take an exploratory journey through chromatic examples of architecture, design, sculpture, and painting. Drawing from geometric illusionism and principles of design, “No chance to move backwards and see” presents woven wall murals, a custom sculptural extension of architectural elements, several modular sculptural works, and nine tape ‘paintings’ that offer a Josef Albers-esque color study of the colors of the installation. Geckler’s installation utilizes walls and spaces to create optically dazzling, geometric forms and patterns in blue, orange, green, and yellow. Carefully designed to continue and echo the dynamic forms of her successive flagging tape configurations, the sightlines from each entrance to the gallery yield a different experience of the layered colors and patterns therein. On Display in the Street Level Gallery., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Mirko Martin: NOIR
Documentation of gunshot incident. German artist Mirko Martin’s video, Noir, documents a night during the artist’s half-year stay in Los Angeles in 2008. Monitoring gang activity, police helicopters circled the neighborhood on a regular basis. On a particularly noisy evening, Martin went out to capture some sound. Within minutes, he heard gunshots. Over a black screen, Noir captures these gunshots and conversations with several residents and passers-by who try to make sense of what they heard and didn’t hear, saw and didn’t see. HDV transferred to DVD, b/w, sound, TRT 8 minutes, 8 seconds. Martin is a Fulbright Scholar, and his video work has been exhibited around the world from the United States and United Kingdom to Japan, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. Exhibition held in the New Genres Gallery., Digital image files converted from Raw file format to TIFF using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
Misha Gordin: New Crowd
Many contemporary photographers would duplicate images digitally through computer manipulation, which would result in precisely the same image repeated over and over. Instead, each of Misha's photographs is unique, exactly like a drawing or painting. What at first looks like merely repetitious imagery actually contains minuscule variations among similar images which Misha has repositioned. His work is aesthetically challenging because of this extraordinary subtlety and the time and attention required to appreciate it fully. In this sense, Misha's photographs are much like classical music, formally predicated on statement, variation, and repetition. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe
Natural Histories
This installation features the work of visual artists Maureen O'Hara Ure and poet Katharine Coles. The commonality of imagery and subjects... "landscape, the city, family life, disaster, travel, sexuality, the interior life and the holy..." brings together two arts communities that are often isolated from one another. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space., TIFF image scanned at 600 dpi from the original using an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner. PDF created with Adobe

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