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New Exhibit at Alice Gallery Challenges the Truth of Vision
SALT LAKE CITY — Through the use of photography, sculpture, and drawings, two artists will push viewers to consider the impossible in seemingly authentic, precise moments in an exhibit opening at The Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City on Sept. 15.
Local artists Matt Kruback and Naomi Marine will present their exhibition prima facie at The Alice Gallery between Sept. 15 and Nov. 10. A reception will be held for the opening during Gallery Stroll on Sept. 15 between 6 and 9 pm. Operated by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, the Alice Gallery is located at 617 E. South Temple.
The exhibition prima facie explores the divisions and overlaps that occur between "what is" and "what could not be" – searching, not for the truth, but for moments of disruption to an expected order.
What the eyes perceive often goes unquestioned. People accept the authenticity of objects, images, and spaces when presented in familiar forms and patterns. Vision is accepted as a source of truth, but what appears precise is not always accurate, and what appears impossible is not necessarily false.
Arbitrary boundaries erected between humans and nature, or self and other, falsely suggest that each is autonomous and exist without influence or dependency upon the other. In reality, they are linked in a catalytic web, unknowingly responding to and impacting the other’s actions. These immediate and cumulative aggregates of change offer new outlines for what can, or will, come. The impossible is not fixed, but a fluid construct that can be redefined in the wake of a transformative event.
The drawings, sculpture, and photography presented in prima facie borrow from the language of precision to provide artifacts of an evolving impossible. Materials, forms, and technology from schematic drawing, scientific illustration, taxidermy, and documentary photography are combined with more fantastical or obscure elements to offer and deny verity in the mapping of transformation.
- Matt Kruback, "Rhetoric"
- Naomi Marine, "Apparition"
The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, which also houses the main offices of the Division Arts & Museums, a division of the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts. The gallery is named after Alice Merrill Horne, a legislator who supported the arts and founded the Utah Arts Council in 1899. It is one of three galleries operated by the division for the benefit of emerging and established local artists. For more information on exhibition and other program opportunities visit visualarts.utah.gov. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.