The rest of my evening, I played a quieter role, primarily observing families enjoying the festival and the hustle and bustle of night. I wander past and through several more tents, and came across two more favorites of mine. Dave Borba, being no stranger to arts festivals, displayed his interactive-portrait-stylized-mixed-media-sculptures. A variety of carved wooden animals echoing folk-art roots, each gifted with mobility in one rite or another. His goal is to inspire connectivity and interaction, one that I believe he achieves.
Artist Grant Fuhst and his works were just around the corner from Borba, and drew me instantly. I don’t know how I’ve managed to over see his presence in Salt Lake, but evidently I am in a minority for it. Fuhst’s art, also mixed media in nature, feels dark and hallowing, like a children’s story that draws you in and frightens. It all very much so reminded me of the movie Howl’s Moving Castle. His sculptures seem simple from a distance, and upon examination are meticulously complex in detail. “Specializing in Irrational Art,” is the appropriated slogan for his work, and perhaps the only way to express what his creations are, artistic irrationality.
One of the most exciting pieces of information from Fridays trip was learning that The Leonardo’s Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out is showing for $3 to see as an Arts Festival guest! I’ll be stopping by The Leonardo so the exhibit, but only after stopping (at least) once again by the Big Mouth Stage, where Wise Guys Stand Up Comedy will be having several comedians entertain. Saturday will also have the MarchFourth Marching Band roaming the festival starting at 7:30 p.m., and an overwhelming volume of workshops, activities, performances and all around entertainment. I’ll be kidnapping my younger brother to have a viable excuse to visit and participate in the many activities they have for the kids, including the Utah Children’s Theater and making some fun head wear at the Mad Hatter!