October 2017 Edition
Artist Profile: Joe Carter
Joe Carter might not look like a "Burning Man" regular, but this summer's gathering is the first he has missed in years. "We went to Element 11, instead," he says, referencing Utah's new, cozier version of the enormous desert happening. He really got into the event that launched in July at Stargazer Ranch in Box Elder County, handing out bacon and from-scratch blueberry pancakes to folks who wandered by his campsite. A few firefighters stopped, but wanted assurance that breakfast would be drug-free. "I told them the pancakes were just like Mom used to make," Carter recalls with a grin. . .  

Jann Haworth

Much has been written about Jann Haworth, but two things seem customary to mention. One is her formative involvement with Pop art, which began in England and with which she still identifies. This biographical fact might otherwise escape her American audience, since the substantive work she did then and continues to do bears little resemblance to the vacuous, superficial images, so like advertisements, that began flowing out of New York a year later...     

Justin Watson

Like microplastics, Justin Watson seems to be everywhere these days. He has video pieces at BDAC, Finch Lane and Nox Contemporary. When he's not busy recycling your plastics (seriously, he runs a recycling business), this "systems artist" is recycling old video footage, or creating new ones that are so overloaded they look recycled. In this short video interview, recorded as part of our 35×35 exhibit last year, Watson talks about his work and process.   

Amy Jorgensen

Artist Amy Jorgensen maintains a longstanding fascination with apples, which appear in many of her works. Whether she's bobbing for them, taking a bite of a bright red one, or demolishing one with a gun, for Jorgensen the apple is decidedly corporeal. Now, in her exhibition Labor of Love, currently on view at Nox Contemporary, Jorgensen once again explores the apple's iconic significance. The show comprises three sections - two sets of dinner napkins and a series of photographic prints from her ongoing series "The Body Archive" - crafts a powerful commentary on the beauty, horror, and isolation of female identity, reminding us that "the self" is discursive and ephemeral... 

Ryan Trimble

"Man can embody truth, but he cannot know it," said Yeats. This is the motto photographer Ryan Trimble lives by and the thesis of the personal introduction on his website. Trimble is a photographer, writer, and father of three daughters, but he is first and foremost a storyteller. "I'm interested by people on the fringes; outsiders, obscure cultures, strange events, and putting them forward in a way to change others' perceptions, " says Trimble. In his photography, Trimble tells stories using his black-and-white film camera to capture portraits of the people who fascinate him...    

Ali MItchell

At Salt Lake's September Gallery Stroll, Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts | MICA opened Ali Mitchell's Oil Fields, a multimedia exhibition evoking industrial landscapes as cultural artifacts as a means to explore complex systems of social, political, and economic production. 15 Bytes tracked down the recent University of Utah graduate for a conversation about art, oil and the possibility for change....   

Alt Photo

In Utah, photography historically has been behind the times. If it was happening 30 years ago in New York, then it's probably starting to happen now in Salt Lake City. photo_dot_alt proves this wrong as three artists bring the national dialogue on alternative photography to Finch Lane Gallery. Thomas Aguila, Etsuko Kato, and Kelly O'Neill each use a different alternative process to further explore the message behind their work...    

Hikmet Sidney Loe

Though people travel from around the globe to visit Robert Smithson's monumental Spiral Jetty, located on the northeastern shore of Great Salt Lake, to this day some Utahns have no idea that one of the 20th century's most iconic artworks exists in their own backyard. One who does is Utah art historian Hikmet Sidney Loe, who has crafted a stunning contribution to the already extensive literature on this iconic Earthwork. As its title would suggest, The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson's Earthwork through Time and Place is an exhaustively researched encyclopedia of all things Jetty, serving as an instantly irreplaceable source of knowledge of the subject ...

Dancing Bears Ears 

"We were changed." It's a phrase Zvi Gotheiner says repeatedly as we discuss his new work, "Dancing the Bears Ears," being performed this week at Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT). It becomes almost a mantra. A rhythmic punctuation mark to pace his thoughts. It's something he said repeatedly along the trail - explains RDT executive director Linda C. Smith - as their two dance troupes explored Bears Ears National Monument for a week this spring. Hiking a distant trail perfumed with sagebrush. Improvising movement along sandstone prosceniums. Sitting beneath a canopy of stars, listening to stories as the wind caresses their bodies. "We are changed," Gotheiner would say.....     


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