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  • Abstraction Is Just A Word, But I Use It.

    MAIN GALLERY: JUN 28, 2019- JAN 4, 2020

    Languages evolve from gestures and sounds to a system of words, phrases, and in some cases, letters or hieroglyphics. Today, there are roughly 6,500 languages spoken around the world. Language is also something that continues to evolve with society. New words are introduced, and older words die out, shift, continue, or alter their meaning from the original intent over time. The same evolutionary process could be applied to the term abstraction, especially within art circles. Abstraction developed as a visual language that existed outside representational art, one that relied on color, shape, form, and composition to evoke a response from the viewer and to be self-referential. In some cases, abstraction was about honesty—pure paint on canvas, free from illusion and artifice. But as abstraction has evolved as an artistic practice over decades of use, artists have adopted and personalized abstraction, developing their own use of that visual language and assigning their own meaning. In a way, they have created their own coded language within the broader use of the term abstraction, in their own individualized dialect.

  • Ryan Lauderdale: Glazed Atrium

    CODEC GALLERY: JUN 28 – NOV 2, 2019

    Glazed Atrium is an exploration of the theatrical nature employed by late capitalism, especially the architectural grandeur used in retail. The vast atriums and balconies of shopping malls dwarf the individual body, making one stand in awe of the almost spiritual lure of consumerism. This, of course, is an old tactic repurposed from centuries-old cathedrals and more recent modernist/state-funded building projects. What was used to broadcast piety and power is used by retail to project seemingly limitless and transcendent dreams of individualism. However, these spaces now exist almost entirely in the past-tense. Dead malls are torn down, and their atriums flattened into digitized memories. While their aims were deceptive and illusionary, and their promises wholly fraudulent; one can’t help but lament the dreams evoked by these spaces. Another future that never came to be. CODEC GALLERY: JUN 28 – NOV 2, 2019 OPENING RECEPTION: JUN 28, 2019

  • Framework Arts Presents: The League of Reluctant B

    ED SPACE: JUN 28 – NOV 2, 2019

    Framework Arts presents the League of Reluctant Bicyclists, a participatory art project. The League is born out of the need for subtle fellowship and solidarity that serves as a motivational nudge to get in the saddle, and a desire to explore and make visible the relationships involved in getting from one place to another. During April 1-May 31, 2019, League members chose for themselves what their participation looked like – where and how often they rode – and documented that experience through photography, short written responses, and film footage collected by the project archivists. The project content was both revealed and shaped by member benefits, optional weekend meetups, the manifesto, and member testimonials. This showcase chronicles the League’s experience through artifacts and interactive artworks that explore the spaces between reluctance and enthusiasm, riding and not riding, comfort and discomfort, two wheels and four.

  • Anne Fudyma: Synchronistic Space

    PROJECTS GALLERY: AUG 9 | OCT 12, 2019

    Fudyma’s series explores moments of synchronicity—a term first coined by Carl Jung as a way to define meaningful coincidences. What causes these events to happen is unexplainable, but some describe them as religious phenomenon, signs from the universe, paranormal activity, or a subconscious connection. Often, these palpable experiences connect unrelated thoughts, objects, and energy, in a way that creates a deep meaningful experience. In Synchronicity Space, ethereal lines and shapes that shift in and out of focus, seemingly bubbling up from the surface below, create a sense of depth within the paintings. These movements visualize these moments of synchronicity, for Fudyma, in a way that mirrors the inner, energetic, emotional world that such experiences create.

  • Heroes and Villains: How Myth Made Fantasy

    The heroes and villains of fantasy stories reflect the enduring influence of the character types rooted in Mythology. Help the museum create art of mythical proportions as we line the walls of the museum with original art ready to be painted by you!

    Heroes and Villains: How Myth Made Fantasy The heroes and villains of modern fantasy stories reflect the enduring influence of the character types rooted in Mythology. In this one-of-a-kind exhibition, comic book and graphic artists explore how our fantasy heroes and villains have evolved from myth and legend. Led by faculty member and comic book artist Chad Hardin (Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman), the artists invite the public to help bring life to an array of monarchs, wizards, and monsters. Help the museum create art of mythical proportions as we line the walls of the museum with original art ready to be painted by you!   Masters of Fantasy: The Art of Greg and Tim Hildebrandt The Hildebrandt brothers are perhaps the most well-known and prolific artists of the fantasy genre. Identical twins, the brother’s original paintings, illustrations, and poster design, have brought to life iconic stories including The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and the Clash of the Titans. This rare exhibition of Hildebrandt work features the original paintings created for the publications for the Lord of the Rings franchise, the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and other famous tales.

  • Deanna & Ed Templeton: Contemporary Suburbium

    MAY 24 – SEP 7, 2019

    Photographers Deanna and Ed Templeton’s Contemporary Suburbium examines life in the Southern California suburb of Huntington Beach. Their work offers an insider’s view of living in a place that has long held traditional conservative values, capturing moments in those tract house neighborhoods that fluctuate between innocence and rebellion.   ‘We found ourselves in a tract of homes that felt familiar and safe. We wandered among the quiet dark tract housing, devoid of people, finally lying down together on a rectangle of grass wedged between the sidewalk and the street. We stared up at the stars talking until the sun came up.’ -Deanna Templeton ‘We were born into this situation, and made the best of what we were dealt, thriving on the sidewalks and front yards and hidden from the influence of the city until the city poured over the castle walls out into the surrounding suburbium that grew like barnacles along the edges… -Ed Templeton

  • Andrew Dadson: Roof Gap

    MAY 24 – SEP 7, 2019

    Andrew Dadson’s Roof Gap employs the concept of the derive (the drift), a Situationist International based interaction with architecture that is typically enacted in urban centers. In this instance, the practice is explored in the suburbs. Dadson leaps from roof to roof in a neighborhood of tract houses in Vancouver Canada defying the boundaries and property lines established by the fences below. Dadson’s actions question the notions of ownership, borders, privacy, and neighborly relationships often associated with the suburbs.

  • Hamlet

    Prince Hamlet wants the truth—and retribution. Driven by his father’s ghost and the corrupt society all around him, he plots and withdraws, schemes and retreats. Written at the height of Shakespeare’s career, this powerful examination of the human psyche is the Bard’s most mature and chilling revenge tragedy.

  • Downtown SLC Tuesday Farmers Market

    • Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 04:00 PM – September 24, 2019
    • Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City, UT
    Join us every Tuesday in August and September for a mini-market! From 4-8:00 PM at Pioneer Park, shop for produce, artisan foods and arts and crafts.

    Join us every Tuesday in August and September for a mini-market! From 4-8:00 PM at Pioneer Park, shop for produce, artisan foods and arts and crafts. It may be smaller than the Saturday market, but it's certainly just as fun!

  • Hops on the Hill


    Don't miss this summer's Tuesday Hops on the Hill series! Happening every Tuesday from 7/9 through 8/27. Taste the delectable flavors of summer with Hops on the Hill, where you’ll experience favorites from local craft breweries and some of Chef Zane’s best food pairings on the deck with live music on the lawn. This event does sell out, so advance reservations are highly recommended. JULY 9, 2019 Breweries: Squatters & Shades Brewing Band: Mr. Sister JULY 16, 2019 Breweries: 2 Row Brewing & Kiitos Brewing Band: Fastback JULY 23, 2019 Breweries: Epic Brewing Company & Bohemian Brewery Band: Dave Bowen Orchestra JULY 30, 2019 Breweries: Proper Brewing Company & Bonneville Brewery Band: Terence & The Three-Headed Monsters AUGUST 6, 2019 Breweries: Red Rock Brewing & Roha Brewing Project Band: Gary Tada AUGUST 13, 2019 Breweries: Templin Family Brewing & Melvin Brewing Band: Red Desert Ramblers AUGUST 20, 2019 Breweries: Wasatch Brewery & Cigar City Brewing Band: Utah County Swillers AUGUST 27, 2019 Breweries: Firestone Walker Brewing Company & Drie Fonteinen Band: The Lazlos