Behind the Lines: Drawings and Objects by Michael David Hall
"Behind the Lines" is an apt description for the Salt Lake Art Center's exhibition of Hall's drawings and sculptures. What happens behind, and indeed beyond, their physical presence yields the content of these works. Through his mixed-media drawings in particular, Hall endeavors to give form to his subjectivity, to literally draw it as he comes face to face with the objective world. The linear shapes, gestures, and contours of the drawings create complex infrastructures that embody personal states of innocence and discovery. They are insightful testaments to Hal's living int he moment. As transitory self-portraits, however, they ultimately defy containment of his expansive, ever-changing pursuit of knowledge. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space.
In 2013, Salt Lake Community College built a new Center for Arts and Media, serving about 9,000 students with 17 programs under one roof as part of the School of Arts and Communication. Located at the school's South City Campus in Salt Lake City, the Center's emphasis is a strong focus in digital arts. Instructors are training students for jobs in animation, illustration, photography, film, TV, video and radio production, web design, visual art and design, virtual technologies, music and digital sound technology, computer graphics, gaming and electronic publishing.
The exhibition is a small survey of images created by Utah artists over the past sixty years. Limited in scope, one may nonetheless discover something about local traditions and aesthetic values front the landscape, still-life, figurative and nonobjective work included. here. For example, Utah has not been completely isolated from the larger art world as both non-Utahns and its own citizens often claim. While this region was geographically remote from East Coast and European art centers, Utah artists made contact with New York and Paris beginning in the nineteenth century and established a pattern of such study for subsequent generations. The result was that new ideas and ways of working were regularly imported. Some ideas and techniques found read acceptance (Impressionism), while others encountered hard resistance (modernism). Historically, this very tension in Utah between an essentially conservative community and the ever-present forces of change has kept dialogue on the arts lively. Permanent Collection.
Looking Back: 75 Years At The Salt Lake Art Center
This small exhibition is an imperfect reflection of the long and remarkable history of the Salt Lake Art Center. The artists chosen have been important and influential over much of its seventy-five year life, as well as in the broader arena of Utah's cultural community. Many taught at the Art Barn or at the art Center, some were students there, or speak warmly of having been influenced in their artistic growth by exhibitions or other events. Most have had solo exhibitions there, many more that once, and all of them, to some degree, have considered the Art Center their artistic "home." Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space.
The premise for this exhibition began with the desire to feature contemporary Salt Lake City based artists working in diversity of media as well as forms of expression. The sense of renewal--by its alchemical and apocalyptic themes--weaves through and binds together the works that otherwise may be only marginally related. In spite of the diversity of media, expression and personal styles, the art tends to reflect states of transcendence, representations of experience beyond ordinary thought and belief. From Maryann Webster's tattooed ceramic dolls, to Lewis Francis' haunting photographs of salt encrusted pylons, to Anne Watson's moving "painted journal" chronicling the passing of her mother, to Lincoln Lysager and David Ruhlman's imaginatively cryptic, mixed media panels, the sense of other-world-liness is strongly implied throughout this exhibit. Exhibit held in the Main Gallery space.