SLUG Localized: Michelle Moonshine, Thalia Condo, Matthew Bashaw
Thursday, September 20
Iron & Wine
Sunday, September 23
Community Meet-up at Spiral Jetty with UMFA
Saturday, September 29
Gerry-Meander Fun Run/Walk
Saturday, September 29
SLC SLAY - Valley of the Dolls
Saturday, September 29
SLUG Localized: Freemind Movement, Alyxandri Jupiter, TBA
Wednesday, October 24
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The Nature of Clay/Reflections on Bonneville/ Temporary Solution/ I am…
July 25 @ 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until August 10, 2018
Join us for Gallery Stroll on July 20th from 6pm-9pm
Exhibit Dates: July 20 – Aug 10
Art Access Gallery
The Nature of Clay,
My female ceramic figures are often quiet and introspective. Through their gestures, expressions, and inclusion of other symbolic elements, I explore parts of my own story as I travel through my life. The narrative is about a spiritual journey that relies on a deep connection to the natural world.
The pieces in this show approach that connection in various ways. In some, the figures become one with nature, while others express a memory or a yearning to revisit beloved places.
As I have worked on these sculptures, I’ve been troubled by some of the destructive things happening to our planet. Perhaps there is an undercurrent of that concern in this work, along with the refuge and comfort I find in mountains, deserts and oceans.
As a ceramic artist, I spend much of my time and energy trying to shape a basic, natural material—clay—into forms and objects that match my own creative vision. Sometimes the clay cooperates; sometimes it resists. I have learned that rather than trying to bend nature to my artistic will, I am more successful if I nurture the forms and shapes that the principles of nature create in the clay.
Reflections of Bonneville
The Salt Lake Valley rests on the remnants of a long succession of lakes that have occupied this area for millions of years. The sediments deposited in these lakes as well as the effects of water, wind and time provide us with a window into our past. Lake Bonneville, the most recent and most prominent of these lakes, formed beaches, deltas, spits, and wave-cut cliffs that are as high as a thousand feet above the present Great Salt Lake. As we continue to learn and explore these features, our ideas about our environment change and evolve. New discoveries paint a more complete picture of what ancient times were like for what is now the Salt Lake Valley.
Just like these ancient lakes left marks on our environment, the experiences of our lives leave impressions on our minds. These marks reveal themselves over time. They may even erode and change as time passes. Our memories of the past and how we feel about them are altered as we gain knowledge and understanding from our experiences. The present affects how we perceive the past; and the past affects how we perceive the present. We are made up of our memories. Our past helps form our identity, but as we grow and mature that identity evolves. Our lives are reflected in how we see and interpret the environment that we live in.
As the lake leaves a mark on the land, so experiences and memory leave a mark on our personalities.
Access II Gallery
Temporary Solution is an investigation of the uncomfortable and frustrating moments that accompany periods of change. Layering, blocking and fragmentation of materials and patterns,
parallel the feelings of obstruction and uncertainty we all face personally and collectively. The tape and binder clips, act as a transitory way to address ongoing problems, that ultimately will
require a more permanent solution.
Photographs capture the physical world and also capture the world which “I” am living in. By taking photographs I confirm the fact that I am alive. The camera bestows upon me the third eye, and the lens as my filter, what I see through these tools shows and teaches me so many things. When I release the shutter, I ask myself; what am I thinking? What am I feeling? Why did I want to clip out that moment? Where do my
criterions come from? Those aggregations give me hints little by little to the question of “Who am I?” By continuing this loop, I will come to know who I am and at the same time the photographs will confirm the fact that I exist in this world.
For me, taking photographs are a conversation with myself. The image rendered on the paper draws in the others to me and makes us have conversations. I confirm that we have some of the same experiences in the innermost depths of our hearts.
Sometimes I try to throw questions at others as a Japanese person, as Etsuko Kato, and as a human. What does it mean to be Japanese? Japanese and Etsuko Kato? Who am I?
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