August 2017 Edition

For our August, summer-vacation edition of 15 Bytes, we have a special treat for you: profiles of three of Utah's most influential artists. These profiles first appeared in our publication Utah's 15: The State's Most Influential Artists, and appear here online for the first time.
Bonnie Phillips: For the Art, For the Community
"I'm not so sure you have to like art as much as be stirred by it; we're so easily stirred by something we like, but can we find that emotion inside with something we question?"That's how artist and gallery owner Bonnie Phillips introduces abstract art to inquiring visitors at Phillips Gallery. Since 1968, Phillips Gallery has been a constant in Salt Lake City. It has become a fixture, representing hundreds of artists from across the state. And much of its success is because of the passion and devotion of gallery owner, artist and philanthropist Bonnie Phillips...


Stephen Goldsmith: The Ontolator of Bonneville Basin
Over the years, Goldsmith has asked himself how he would describe what he does. His answer is a word he had to assemble from scratch to describe his work-"ontoloture." Combining "ontology" with the suffix for action or process - "-ure" - it's the creative discipline, he explains, "related to one's sense of existence and being." What does the career of the ontolotor look like? Kind of like water. Powerful, transformative, and always in motion...


Anne Cullimore Decker: Adlibs
Anne Cullimore Decker's home on the East Bench of Salt Lake City is a lot like Anne Cullimore Decker herself: elegant, gracious, artistic. One of Utah's premiere dramatic artists, she's worked in theater, opera, television, and film. Decker's life is an inspiring journey through a commitment to art, family, and community.Decker has been a mainstay of the Utah theater scene as an actor, director, and teacher. Countless students at the University of Utah learned their way on the stage from her. Now in her 70s, she is still one of Utah's most active, prominent, and beloved actors. It's surprising to learn, then, how relatively late in life she took up theater...


Graffiti This

There's no doubt graffiti can be a nuisance, for the personal property owner whose trashcan or mailbox becomes defaced with an indecipherable signature or the business owners who find themselves repeatedly repainting an exterior wall. But equally indisputable is that graffiti is an art form. It is one with ancient roots, as evidenced by the hundreds of examples found in Pompeii, but the art of the form is really something that developed in urban settings of the last century, as these scrawls became painted, and highly stylized, slowly morphing into more pictorial elements until we have a multilayered, multi-expressive public art form known under the general rubric of "street art." It's one that for decades now has been accepted into the galleries and which has created international superstars like Banksy. And one that is becoming increasingly prevalent in the Utah scene.   

Animate This

Thanks to Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein storming the art world in the 1960s, scenes from comic books, graphic novels, and newspaper advertisements don't look totally foreign in art gallery space. However, animation and illustration are still separated from the serious business of producing "high-brow" art by critics and audience members alike. On exhibit at the Rio Gallery, Under the Influence sees local Utah artists challenge these kinds of social and cultural categorizations and explore animation's role in their personal artistic developments. In the show, many two-dimensional artists manage to capture the energy and movement of cartoons and comics with well-executed compositions, color pairing, and line quality.  

The Continuing Face of Utah Sculpture

The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is a large, beautiful building tucked away on many acres of land, lending the space a quiet ambiance that makes visitors at once feel welcome and as if they are in a world all their own. This month, it is also home to Face of Utah Sculpture Exhibition XIII, a diverse and well-rounded show that is currently up for the 13th time in as many years.

Sabrina Squires: Natural Kaleidoscope  

When Sabrina Squires was earning her BFA in Visual Arts at Brigham Young University, she discovered a magical world of artistic possibilities in the pages of National Geographic. In this video interview, the artist describes how she turns the glossy pages into a mixed-media kaleidoscope celebrating the natural world.  


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