The paintings are simple; each features a female figurine clothed in Victorian-style dress, buckle shoes and white tights, placed in a lunar landscape and surrounded by imaginary plants. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space.
Contact: Christians and Moors, Image and Ritual in Mexico
George O. Jackson, born in Houston, Texas, of Mexican descent has beautifully documented the celebrations and syncretic rituals as practiced in contemporary rural Mexico. Over the past ten years the photographer has created an important archive of Mexico's "ethnographic present", addressing issues of visual importance and cultural meaning. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space.
The Big Picture presents a broad spectrum of images from the six of today's hardest working and most technically skilled large format photographers. The photographers have eschewed the rabid technological changes of modern photography and have dedicated themselves to the single working method of large format photography. These artists come from diverse geographical, philosophical and aesthetic backgrounds, yet share a passion and a commitment not only to working in a large format but also to teaching others of its unique qualities. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery space.
The exhibition "Cris Bruch: Dreaming Doing Craving" acts as a seventeen year survey of work by this Seattle-based artists. The exhibition occupies the Salt Lake Art Center's entire exhibition space, with the earlier socially-conscious shopping cart sculptures exhibited in the smaller Street Level Galley and the more recent, exquisitely-crafted sculptures shown in the cavernous Main Gallery. What will be quickly realized upon entering this exhibition is that here is an artist who has a highly expressive social consciousness who also happens to make beautiful objects. Exhibition held in the Street Level Gallery and Main Level Gallery spaces.
Christopher Kelly's "God Complex" expands and encapsulates this particular creationist motif by referencing the language and aesthetics of science fiction. A genre often associated with futuristic pursuits of new worlds and extraterrestrial life, sci-fi is also an apt metaphor for the discovery of differences between self and other, human and alien. Although Kelly's practice is averse to explicit narrative, one cannot help but attempt to place each work into a greater story. His performative sculptures are poetic simulations that confront the perplexities of identity. By constructing allegorical depictions of personal dialogues, Kelly forms an internal autobiography. Exhibition held in the Projects Gallery space.
The images depicted in Little's art--the animals, people, cars and houses, may be autonomous replicas of what they represent, but they are also, even in their bizarre configuration, objects that are infused with a sense of comical affection. His work crosses many boundaries-- specifically those between art and craft, caricature and satire. His sculptures and installations portray the attributes of humans and animals and the ways these attributes are assimilated into social custom. The characters he creates through this process cut through rage, humor, frustration, and joy in a fashion similar to that of cartoons. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space.