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 viewing this exhibition, what is immediately apparent is that Schultz's paintings are over the top in the best sense of dramatic presentation. The scale of the largest paintings seem bigger than life, setting for mythic narration, where no painted form or gesture is lacking in meaning. If we equate these paintings to that of the theatrical stage, then his props are those of the painter's studio of the dream, and the painted gestures are those of the evolution of the self and the yearning for human interconnectedness. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space.
Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection
This exhibition presents the country's foremost collection of paintings and drawings, 68 in all, from the New Leipzig School - a collection built by the Rubell Family in Miami. The seven prominent artists featured are from the esteemed Leipzig Art Academy in Germany and have been hailed as "the 21st century's first bona fide artistic phenomenon." Exhibition held in the Main, Projects and Street Level Galleries.
Of the Siren and The Sky: Curated By Triple Candie - Exhibition Views
Of the Siren and the Sky is the first proper museum exhibition on the career of Siren Bliss, a Salt Lake City native who, by his own account, has made more than 80,000 artworks. Curated by Triple Candie, the presentation includes recreations of the artist’s drawings and sculptures, posters containing statements by him, and photographs and objects related to his life story. Exhibition held in the New Genres Gallery space.
Color photographs of the works on display for the Spring 1997 Annual SLCC Student Art Show which was held in the Science and Industry Building on Redwood Campus. This show is put on by the Fine Arts / Visual Arts and Design departments at the College.
The self-taught artists represented use their passion and personal vision to transform common materials into highly charged objects. Because of their need to make things and to tell their story, they invest their drawings, paintings and constructions with a power which leaps out at the viewer. The images have a physical quality which thrusts them into the viewer's space in an attempt to connect with us.
A site-specific installation by Victor Kastelic. The unique relationship between the artist and Director Ric Collier is manifested in "Cloudburst," described by the artist as "...an enormous cumulus of imagery--free of filters, schemes, limits and rules that I normally apply to my paintings." This freedom is visible in the multicolored gallery walls; the 200-plus drawings taped to the wall; four large oil paintings and several drawings that were penciled directly on the wall. There sheer number of scenes, people and objects was overwhelming-- a feeling that was only enhanced by the unusual nature of the installation. 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.