Photos: Helen Leeson

Artes de México en Utah, a Utah community nonprofit, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. Five years is a momentous occasion for a nonprofit organization. This organization is small—only one full-time staffer supported by a resourceful, enthusiastic board and dedicated volunteers—but their mission, to promote the appreciation of Mexican art in Utah, is boundless.

Their journey began in 2010, when the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) featured a traveling exhibition, Las Artes de México from the collection of the Gilcrease Museum. UMFA asked Susan Vogel, Artes de México co-founder, to create a companion exhibit on Pablo O’Higgins, as she had been writing a book about his deep ties to Utah. Vogel was impressed by the connection that youth visitors and patrons had made with a personality like O’Higgins’ and realized that his connection to two places was an experience they related to.

Susan Vogel introduces an Artes de México exhibit at Mestizo Coffeehouse in September 2013. Photo: Helen Leeson
Susan Vogel introduces an Artes de México exhibit at Mestizo Coffeehouse in September 2013.

At the same time as this exhibit, “Politics had heated up over immigration reform, people were wary of going out in public, [and] people felt threatened by deportation and breaking up families,” Vogel says. She feared that the Saturday Family Day activities at the UMFA—and subsequently, Las Artes de México and the O’Higgins exhibit—would be deserted. Instead, as she turned the corner from the parking lot to the museum entrance one Saturday, she witnessed the power of art to bring people together. Hundreds of families—close to 2,000 people—showed up to enjoy food, games, crafts and conversation. “At the exhibit’s wrap session, we sat down and brainstormed how to keep this momentum going,” she says. With the support of early grantors—the Utah Humanities Council, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Salt Lake City Arts Council and ZAP—and a strong partnership with the Consulate of México in Salt lake City, Artes de México en Utah was formed.

Artes de México has since celebrated the visual arts through statewide traveling exhibits featuring the work of artists Frida Kahlo, José Guadalupe Posada, Agustín Casasola and José Maria Velasco, to name a few. Also, once a month, Artes de México offers academic discussions at the lovely and historic Jane’s Home in downtown Salt Lake. Claudia Benítez, an Artes de México board member, says, “Culture isn’t just art or music—it’s everything that connects a community. Our programs honor the rich Mexican culture.” This series features professionals and educators discussing everything from contemporary Mexican architecture to the history of tequila.

Latino immigrants are often expected to leave their culture in the past and adopt the “American Way” in the States. Contrary to the typical “melting pot” theory of the U.S., however, Artes de México board member Renato Olmedo-González relates the Latino cultural dynamic to a salad effect: “In the melting pot, we don’t know where one starts and the other finishes, but for Latinos, we can pick out the pieces—we’re more like a tossed salad,” he says. This tossed-salad effect can be traced back generations upon generations to the early colonization of Mexico. Art provides a great access point to relate to communities, history and heritage. Artes de México offers classes in English and Spanish on a variety of subjects including Ancient Mexico, Colonial Mexico, the Mexican Revolution, Mexican Muralism, Post-Revolution art and society, and contemporary Mexican and U.S./Latino art.

Artes de México flyer
An Artes de México flyer promoting exhibitions of Mexican art in Utah.

Over the last five years, Artes de México has found much success in offering programs as diverse as the community it represents. Mainstay programs like the Mexican Independent Film Tour—a collaboration with the Salt Lake Film Society and the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City—celebrates its fourth year while the third annual Sor Juana Poetry Competition pushed through tradition and became the first Spanish-language program to receive honors during the Utah Humanities Book Festival. Named after 17th Century Mexican poet Juana Inés de la Cruz, the competition is sponsored by the Utah Humanities Council, and this ceremony was the first time that Spanish-language poetry shared the main stage with the many other valued content and programs of the Humanities Council. Check artesmexut.org to find out how to submit come mid to late spring.

Dia del Niño, a project of the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, takes Artes de México programmers back to their childhood. Dia del Niño, the celebration of Children’s Day, is on April 30. Olmedo-González says, “I always looked forward to Children’s Day activities when I was a kid. Children get the day off from school, and kids are out playing at the parks and running through the sprinklers. I remember going on special field trips, but they don’t celebrate it here in the States.” The Consulate chose to partner with Discovery Gateway and Artes de México to create Utah’s first Dia del Niño celebration last year. Hundreds of people showed up to give their kids the opportunity to celebrate this holiday like they did as children, and others wanted to teach their kids about different cultures and traditions. The community’s response was so amazing, the Consulate has decided to make this an annual celebration, continuing their collaboration with Artes de México and partnering with the Natural History Museum of Utah for this year’s event.

Artes de México isn’t just for the Latino community or just about art—Artes is for our entire community. If you’d like to know more about this fabulous community resource, their extensive programming opportunities or forthcoming fifth-anniversary activities, join their newsletter at artesmexut.org. Classes are free and open to anyone!

(Correction: The Domino film tour is now known as the Mexican Independent Film Tour, and is a collaboration between the Salt Lake Film Society, Artes de México and the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City. Dia del Niño is a project of the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, while Artes de México collaborate with them on the event.)

Gallery Stroll – Escaping Winter

Photo: Talyn Sherer

Winter can be smothering at times, choking out our days with blankets of snow—or worse, smog. Utah’s winter weather could be why this month’s Gallery Stroll offerings lean toward escapism. Whether it’s finding comfort in similarities, exploring dreamlike lands, or partying like it’s Fat Tuesday, the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll has the cure for all those winter hues.

Utah Arts Alliance presents the second annual Curiouser and Curiouser exhibit at the Urban Arts Gallery. Local artists explore the imaginative and wondrous world of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classics Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. A Mad Artists reception party will be held Friday, Feb. 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the public Gallery Stroll. Patrons will enjoy a Mad Hatter–style tea party. Costumes are not mandatory—however, best-dressed will be awarded prizes. Enjoy the various interpretations of this timely tale while sipping on tea and cookies, all the while enjoying the vibrant ambience of DJs and live music. Everyone is welcome. The Urban Arts Gallery is located at 137 South Rio Grande St. at The Gateway. For those who want a quieter gallery experience, the show opens Feb. 2, and will be on display through Thursday, Feb. 28. For more info, visit urbanartsgallery.com.

Relating to someone else is an effective way to escape one’s own tedious reality. It’s the basis for reality television’s popularity, and one reason why people look to connect to the world through various media art forms. It’s a fundamental part of our being to connect ideas, share experiences and relate to the people around us. On Feb. 19, Alpine Art and Frame open the exhibit Relatable, a clever show focused on artists who are related—not by blood, but by their style, approach, medium, subject matter, color or composition. We know that art has a way of speaking to the viewer, but what message will it convey when it sings in a chorus of related work? Alpine Art is located at 430 E. South Temple, and the opening reception is Friday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Ready to get out of Dodge but can’t afford a Vegas vacation or a trip to promenade Bourbon Street? Try a mini getaway to the Falls Event Center on Feb. 20 for the Utah Arts Festival’s annual Masquerade Party, benefiting the 40th annual Utah Arts Festival. Enjoy food, drinks, dancing and “just for fun” gaming (it’s still Utah, kids—no gambling here). Tickets can be purchased at uaf.org. Now, if you only had something to wear—fear not: The mask exhibit on display through Feb. 12 at the Utah Arts Festival Gallery on 230 S. 500 W. can provide you with lots of wardrobe inspiration. Twenty-six of Utah’s hottest artists created one-of-a-kind mask creations, all of which are available for purchase and can be picked up prior to the big party for your stylish escape.

When the pressure of winter seems like too much and you need a change in scenery, don’t head for the hills—go out for a Gallery Stroll.

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Gallery Stroll: Long Live Art!

Photo courtesy of UMFA

A masterful work of art can capture the essence of a time and place and hold it safely for centuries. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) safely keeps an impressive collection of over 2,000 pieces of art spanning 5,000 years, taking every precaution to care for and ensure the art’s longevity. Little known is that the museum’s current home in the Marcia and John Price Building on the University of Utah campus has a state-of-the-art humidity control system that takes our very dry Utah climate and pumps in 50-percent humidity to keep the paintings from drying and shriveling up—we could all use a system like this. This system is wonderful for the art, but it’s not been so kind to the Marcia and John Price building. Over the course of the next year to year and a half, the UMFA will undergo major renovations to update the “vapor barrier system.” Unfortunately, this means that the UMFA will be closing their doors on Jan. 18 until Spring of 2017.

“We want to accomplish two goals during this time,” says UMFA Executive Director Gretchen Dietrich—“Protect the building that protects the art and create brand-new experiences for our visitors. We want to help people make more meaningful connections with art and, by doing so, deepen their appreciation for the power of art in their own lives and in the broader life of our community.”

To kick off this project, the UMFA is hosting a weekend-long celebration entitled Long Live Art! on Jan. 16 and 17. Guests will be allowed to tour the museum for a “before look” or soak in the vastness of the UMFA’s permanent collection with a behind-the-scenes tour. Produce your own work with one of the family art-making activities, or sit back and enjoy a film in the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium. Food trucks, performance art and a Saturday night dance party will round out the event. A complete schedule of activities are listed on the UMFA’s website, umfa.utah.edu.

A lot of time and effort has gone into scheduling and preparing for this closure and, while the doors will close on the building, many of the programs will live on in satellite locations, through the statewide traveling school program and, when possible, back in the Price building as areas of renovation are completed. ARTlandish Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment will temporarily take up digs in the J Willard Marriott Library and the Third Saturday Family Art program will take place at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex a few minutes from the UMFA building on the University of Utah campus.

I am confident that the staff of the UMFA will keep us posted on the building’s progress and on any venue changes for the ongoing programs. Thank you, UMFA, for your commitment to the arts and ensuring that the building and its contents have a long and healthy future. I look forward to seeing the improvements and celebrating with a grand re-opening in 2017.

LONG LIVE ART!

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Redwoods by Chad Farnes

Redwoods by Chad Farnes

Being grateful is a fundamental part of my being. What value do the people, places and things in my life have if I’m not grateful for them? Along that same line, I often say that objects only become art when they are viewed by others. They may have noble beginnings or have been created by visionaries, but they truly become art when someone beyond the artist looks upon them with appreciation. This month, I give thanks to the facilitators who give us the opportunity be a part of the creation and appreciation of art.

First and foremost, I am thankful for the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. Held on the third Friday of every month, galleries dedicate their small staff and precious resources to creating these special events for all to enjoy. Without Gallery Stroll, it would be a struggle to meet with artists and view the volume of art created in this fine city.

I’m grateful to the Salt Lake Arts Council and Finch Lane Gallery in the quaint Reservoir Park. The Salt Lake Arts Council are wonderful allies to artists with a long tradition of funding public artwork, highlighting artists and shepherding lasting community traditions—like their legendary Holiday Art and Craft Show. November’s show is a carry-over from October, and I am grateful for the extra time to check out artists Kristina Lenzi, Darryl Erdmann and Chad Farnes. Lenzi and Erdmann are exhibiting their works in a series titled Counter Points, which focuses on light and color, peaceand playfulness. Farnes is tackling one of the strongest and stickiest materials known to man: duct tape. In this thought-provoking and mesmerizing series titled Tape-ography, Farnes builds beautiful landscapes, challenging the misconceptions that duct tape cannot be fine art.

Thank you, Art Access, for your amazing mission of making art accessible and inclusive for everyone and for providing an alternative to shopping the big box stores this holiday season. The Holiday Group Exhibit at Arts Access opens Nov. 20 in conjunction with the Gallery Stroll, which might make them the earliest Black Friday shopping event in town. No door-busters or pushing and shoving here—their lovely staff has handpicked their favorite artists and curated local wares from clothing and jewelry to kitchen and home decor. The holiday show runs Nov. 20 through Dec. 16, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Art Access is located on 230 S. 500 W. #125.

I’m grateful to local merchants selling artisan wares, like Ivy Earnest, owner of Boozetique and E3 Modern on 300 S. and 315 E. Earnest provides an elegant space where aesthetic and handcrafted quality meet and make beautiful music and art together. Musician Bret Hansen’s electric cigar box guitars are a perfect example of the type of ingenious designs you’ll find on display and for sale at this store.

Whether you agree with the traditional Thanksgiving holiday or not, please join me this November in giving thanks to our amazing art community, and go out for a stroll.

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Gallery Stroll

Photo: Mario DeAngelis

October is one of my favorite months—the change in season brings cool temperatures, autumn colors and the most imaginative holiday North America celebrates: Halloween! It’s a holiday that embraces the human psyche, with all its hopes, fears, fantasies and cravings, and it’s a natural muse for artists—hence why October’s Gallery Stroll is not to miss.

Exploiting your feelings of fear, shock and disgust, the Salty Horror International Film Festival has partnered with the Urban Arts Gallery to showcase this year’s selection of gruesome, ghoulish and horrific international films. Films will screen one night only on Oct. 7 in the gallery space at 137 S. Rio Grande in the Gateway shopping district. A visual art show will accompany the film festival and remain up for the duration of the month. Artists include Mario DeAngelis, Vanessa Colunga, Mary Ann Hess and Armando Mata. This is the first time the festival has expanded into an art exhibit. “I’ve always wanted to have art and film together,” Curator and Festival Programmer DeAngelis says. “This became a reality this year with the help of the Urban Arts Gallery.” The Urban Arts Gallery is a project of the Utah Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization that strives to promote and empower Utah artists through various exhibits, venue rentals and the annual Urban Arts Festival. “The Arts Alliance and the Urban Arts Gallery are always looking for ways to partner with community members,” says Executive Director Derek Dyer. “This year, we wanted to bring in local guest curators such as the Salty Horror Film Festival and allow them to re-envision this space. We love all art mediums and are happy to continue the tradition of being a place for all art forms to come together.”

I’m more of a whimsical kind of girl—I can handle all the spooky, but I prefer the fantasy, like dreaming I own a house big enough for all the amazing furniture inside Mod a-go-go, located at 242 E. South Temple. This store is playland—now if they only accepted play money. A girl can dream, and a girl, boy or ghoul can show up and enjoy all the eye candy that this store and its 40 participating artists can throw in your direction. This mid-century modern/vintage showroom maintains a steady stream of talented artists gracing their walls, but once a year, they bust right out of the box and expand their show to the neighboring parking lot. Themes for the Oct. 16 show range from fan art to the utterly gruesome. Artists include Bill Galvin, Tim Odland, Kyle Odland, Dania Darling, Gabriel Garcia and many more. “This is our most popular show of the year,” owner Eric Morley says. “We love for our guests to dress up in their Halloween costumes or their cosplay best and come enjoy the fun.” 

Halloween is only one night, but you can enjoy art all month long. Don’t let October fly by without going out for a stroll.

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Amalia Ulman

Photo courtesy of the artist and James Fuentes.

Peaceful, thoughtful moments wrapped in color and light with occasional straight-up lunacy—that’s what I hope to get out of my Gallery Stroll experience. I’m not here to give you the elongated, highbrow critique of the art that you’ll see at Gallery Stroll. I’m here to push you out the door and get you into the scene. This month’s Salt Lake Gallery Stroll takes place on Sept. 18. For those who have never strolled, this is a public, free event where many of the city’s galleries hold receptions from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate their incoming shows. On Saturday, the space will morph back into the quiet gallery you’ve come to expect, but on this night, they’re all gussied up, and it’s show time—at least until 9 p.m.

Art is ingrained in our DNA—it’s a coping mechanism that mankind uses to connect with others while exploring one’s own unique ideas and a way of processing our experiences on Earth. Even after 2,000 years, one can still sense the anxiety and frustrations of the Fremont Indians in their petroglyphs. This month, two artists caught my eye because both are taking historical information and old- world talents and presenting them with new perspectives.

Amalia Ulman’s Stock Images of War gives new perspective to the lingering shadows of objects, sensations and culture left behind in times of war. Ulman’s delicate metal sculptures remind us of the fragility of our society and the balance between who we are and what we become amid war. The smell of warm apple pie wafts amid the gallery, reminding of comfort and peace in bet-

ter times. Feelings of angst and frustration ring through the space with familiar rallying anthems from Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Rage Against the Machine. Stock Images of War runs Aug. 14 through Oct. 31 at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Codec Gallery, located at 20 S. West Temple. UMOCA is open Tue–Thu from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays until 9 p.m. and Saturdays until 6 p.m.

Taking pride in one’s work used to also include penmanship. Artist Skyler Chubak continues that tradition as an artist penman. His work includes calligraphy, engrossing and engraving. With the advent of typewriters, keyboards and, thousands of fonts at the click of a button, the artistry of a penman has been overshadowed by speed and convenience. Chubak’s work seems straightforward; however, the letter is just a backdrop—Chubak creates a work of art around each one. His work will be on display at the God Hates Robots gallery space at 314 W. Broadway Suite 250 starting Sept. 18. For more information on the newest space by local entrepreneurs Ray Childs and Shon Taylor and their unique business model, see the July 2015 SLUG issue, No. 319.

Since ancient times, people have marked the changing of summer to fall with the autumnal equinox. For years, I have marked the equinox with the semiannual Poor Yorick open studios. This event is a great evening of celebrating the mass amount of art created by the tenants of Poor Yorick, while also making room for new art to be created. Catch the show one night only, Saturday, Sept. 26, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Poor Yorick studios at 126 W. Crystal Avenue.

Go out and get your own perspective—go take a stroll.

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Strolling through galleries in Utah was very difficult some 20-odd years ago. The working class didn’t have time to take in art during the middle of the day, during galleries’ regular business hours. This was a way of keeping the under-educated or “blue collar” person from culture. Until someone said, “Art to the people” and Gallery Stroll was born!! The “Stroll,” as it became known, would take place on the third Friday of every month and would allow art patrons to appreciate art after the working day was through, usually from 6p.m.-9p.m. Refreshments were served and everyone was a little more enlightened than when they arrived. The moral to this story is; if you attend Gallery Stroll, you will be smarter, better, and brighter than if you don’t. Phillips Gallery, located at 444 East 200 S., is pleased to present their annual Summer Group Show, featuring fine art by over 50 local artists. Every medium is present in this show, from oils to woodcuts and everything in between. Appropriately titled, the Summer Group Show features several images that will sweep you away to far-off vacation destinations or memories of picnics on the beach or days at the pool. This exhibit will remain on display through Sept. 10 with an artist reception Aug. 20 from 6p.m.-9p.m. in correlation with the Gallery Stroll.

Artisan Frame Works and Gallery, located at 351 W. Pierpont Ave., has been inspired by the recent Tour De France and have chosen to celebrate with a trip to Paris through the lens of local photographer Garry Miller. Miller’s work with black-and-white film and varied subject matter throughout Paris will keep you entertained and enthralled. The opening reception will take place Aug. 20 and the show will remain on display until Sept. 10.

Art Access and Art Access II is located at 339 W. Pierpont. Art Access has been partnering local, established artists with special needs adults who are interested in entering the mainstream art community. With the success of the adult mentoring program over the last 10 years, Art Access II has added to that philosophy by joining teens from all over the Salt Lake Valley to share their ideas and experiences in a teen workshop. The results of these mentoring programs will be on display from Aug. 20 through Sept. 2.

The Forum Gallery, located at 511 West 200 S., has teamed up two-dimensional artist Bryan Child with his Picasso-like paintings and three-dimensional porcelain sculptures from Clay Artists of Utah. This fun and unexpected union will be on display from Aug. 20 through Sept. 11. The Forum Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5p.m. and Gallery Stroll from 6p.m.-9p.m.

 

Now, go out and support local art!!!! Why? Because you can!!!

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Summer’s over and all the fun activities have been replaced by the old daily grind? No worries; we may be sporting our fall colors, but the studios are still open and the art is always flowing. Gallery Stroll is held on the third Friday of every month from 6p.m. to 9p.m. September’s Gallery Stroll will take place on the 17th and here are some of the great art shows that will be on exhibit free and open to the public! Salt Lake City’s Women’s Art Center is located at 345 W. Pierpont Avenue. The center is a welcome addition to the Gallery Stroll and a blessing to local women, artist or not. Theresa Flowers has made a name for herself in the art world and now she is giving back to all those who supported her by opening this innovative art center. Classes begin Aug. 30 and include but are not limited to: “Alternative Photography” by Jena Flowers, “Super 8-mm Filmmaking” by Tamrika Khvtisiashvili and “Raw Fashion Design” by Crystal Puckett. A fundraiser for the center will bring local artists together in an exhibit entitled Circle, A Culmination of People, Art and Energy. All the entries will be on wooden circles of varying sizes. The fundraiser will take place Thursday, Sept. 16 from 6p.m.-9p.m. The exhibit will be open to the public the following night for Gallery Stroll from 6p.m.–9p.m. For more information, log on to womensartcenter.org

Café Sha Sha, located at 175 East 400 South, has made a fan out of this writer. A quaint corner café with a European feel, Sha Sha has great food and atmosphere but they go one step further by showcasing local artists and musicians. Albert Wint’s abstracts, portraits and landscapes will be on display starting Sept. 17 with an opening reception from 6p.m.-10p.m.

Art Access, located at 339 W. Pierpont Avenue, is pleased to present the most recent works by Fletcher Booth. The show, titled Puny, makes light of popular cultures that too often don’t or can’t lighten up and laugh at themselves. Booth teaches “Foundation” and “Figure Drawing” at Weber State University and works for the Utah Arts Council. In his ever-so-limited spare time, he likes to have fun with art. “I like to make the most idiotic art you could make,” says Fletcher. Mr. Booth, as usual, you are too modest. This cultural commentary will hang Sept. 9 through Oct. 8 with an opening reception on Gallery Stroll.

Post War Bosnia, a photo essay by Russel Daniels, will hang at the Anderson-Foothill Library, located at 1135 S. 2100 East, from Sept. 18 through Nov. 3 with an artist reception on Sept. 23. Armed with a 1960’s Rolliflex camera, Russel traveled through Bosnia documenting the efforts to rebuild the country after the fall of communism. Russel notes, “The Bosnian landscape reflects and parallels the problems that are being faced currently in Iraq.” He hopes that this photo essay will encourage viewers to consider the consequences of war.

Poor Yorick Studios located at 700 S. 530 West and are opening up their space to celebrate the changing season with the Fall Equinox Show. This intimate setting is perfect for familiarizing yourself with new up-and-coming artists along with the veterans. The show opens at 6p.m. and continues throughout the evening with a special musical guest, Tolchock Trio. It’s one night only, Sept. 17, so don’t miss your chance to see these artists’ studios or it will be spring before they let you in the building again!!!

 

Viva la art!!!!!

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In SLUG Magazine’s neverending search of the subversive, I felt it was necessary to investigate the history of underground art studio Poor Yorick.

Poor Yorick is located at 530 W. and 700 South. This studio space is a product of necessity, drive and vision. Founded by creative thinker and artist heavyweight Brad Slaugh, this man is so humble that he would prefer I feature the lesser-know artists that share this space; but for anyone that has spent much time in these studios, it’s obvious that Slaugh is the man behind the curtain.

 

SLUG: Why the name “Poor Yorick”?

 

Brad Slaugh: It’s in reference to Hamlet. There was a court jester named Yorick who was an old friend of Hamlet’s. There is this graveyard scene where they dig up “poor Yorick.” It’s wickedly funny with tragedy versus comedy; its really dark humor; like the final joke’s on us. I was also reading this monstrous book titled the Infinite Jest.

 

SLUG: Is this the first studio space like this you’ve shared with other artists?

 

BS: No, I shared a space known as the Marmalade Artist Studios. It was a warehouse space on 400 North and 300 West. When ownership changed, I started looking for a new studio.

 

SLUG: How does Poor Yorick work as a studio for so many artists?

 

BS: We first acquired the main area of 9600 square feet, and then as time went on, we expanded into the adjacent area with another 3000 sq. ft. My brother Kirk Slaugh and I started building what we call “boxes” to separate space out for different artists. I try to focus on the basics; natural light, heat if possible, and making everything affordable.

 

SLUG: Why an Equinox Show and how long has this been taking place?

 

BS: This is our 7th equinox show. I believe the first one was in the spring of 2002. The equinox is a great time of year when it’s not too hot and not too cold. We try to use this time to collaborate on a project that would improve the space for everyone, whether we paint the walls or improve the lighting.

 

SLUG: What artists will be showing in this, the Spring 2005 Equinox Show?

 

BS: The participants for the Spring Show on March 18, 2005 will be, but not limited to, Nikol Alderman, Joey Behrens, Lynn Oaks, Trent Call, John Dejong, Mark England, Elizabeth Grand, Ben Higbee, Blaine Hofeling, Bruce Johnson, Brian Kubarycz, Scott Ligon, Tessa Lindsay, Trevor Muhler, Tom Mulder, M’lisa Paulsen, Sarah Pendleton, Matt Potter, Peder Singleton, Brad Slaugh, Tracy Strauss, Tent Thursby Alvey and Ben Webster.

 

SLUG: So what’s next for Brad Slaugh?

 

BS: My life has been really crazy lately. My next project is a trip for artists to Provence in the South of France that I’m coordinating with artist Patty Kimball. The artists will spend three weeks painting the scenery.

 

SLUG: Finally, where do you come up with the subject matter for your “salt of the earth” family portraits?

 

BS: Those subjects are actually my family, the real deal! Real people have a gritty beauty.

 

Visit the Poor Yorik communal artist center in March for Gallery Stroll, the third Friday of the month, March 18, 2005.
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