Salt Lake Community College exhibit of antique radios. Radio has a long history and a strong influence in the American culture, but a lesser known fact is that radio began as a hobby. The first voices and music heard over the radio came from Reginald Fessenden in December 1906. He initially broadcasted to anyone who had a radio, which was a luxury at the time. Then came “The Golden Age of Radio,” circa 1930-1955. During this period, creators connected with their audiences through radio plays, advertisements, and music. Society started embracing this new medium as a mainstream form of entertainment. It was through these years of radio that listeners really developed a connection and rapport with broadcasters. Not only did audiences listen to the radio for news, but would look to the broadcasters for opinions, and generally they began to become household friends.
An antique TCA Victor tube television. The cathode-ray tube (CRT) is a vacuum tube that contains one or more electron guns and a phosphorescent screen, and is used to display images. It modulates, accelerates, and deflects electron beam(s) onto the screen to create images.
An Atwater-Kent Model No. 52. This 27-inch-tall, pressed steel, console radio was manufactured in 1928 and was painted clinkle brown. Because of its shape, size and construction it became known by customers (and later by collectros) as the "little campstove radio." It quickly became popular and other Atwater-Kent metal radios soon followed, including models 51, 53, 56 and 57. This model 52 is a console receiver that uses the same chassis as the table-top Model 42. Many of these all-metal sets were customized with elaborate paint schemes, some of which incorporated gold leaf. The metal cabinets were less expensive to make than wood. Metal also shielded the radio from interference and helped dissipate beat from the transformers that powered it from 110 volt house current. Atwater-Kent pioneered the metal cabinet but other manufacturers quickly adopted the idea and they became very popular by the late 1920s. Orinianl selling price was $117 without tubes. Exhibited at the George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Art Gallery.
David Ruhlman’s mixed media paintings are visual palindromes reflecting the circular nature of beginnings and endings. A History of the Hidden World is an exploration of double entendres, surreal metamorphosis and natural phenomena. These themes relate to apocalypticism and how this mysterious fantasy spawns concepts of beauty and transcendence. Drawing on French playwright Antonin Artaud who used strange and disturbing effects to perplex his audience, Ruhlman’s work depicts peculiar and anthropomorphic motifs that lead viewers through hidden worlds. The artist experiments with form, color and texture, resulting in his own unique visual language. Recurring images of rams, reptiles, birds and fragmented figures tell stories that are not linear, but rather are repetitive trajectories of whimsical fable. A History of the Hidden World is a mirror to another dimension where meaning and imagination are wound together in layered knots of symbols and forms. One is able to trace an undiscovered history that continually reflects back on itself, neither beginning with a starting point nor providing a final conclusion. What is left is a new world order that does not implicate perfection or organization in the traditional sense, but allows for an unruly explosion of continual wonder and possibility. Exhibition held in the Locals Only Gallery space.