West of Center
26 emerging and mid-career contemporary artists from Utah are Los Angeles bound this Saturday, and plan to shatter sterotypes and old perceptions about art and the art scene in Utah with West of Center.
Curator Micol Hebron has this to say about the upcoming show, opening this Saturday at Jancar Gallery: "I have curated this show because I want LA to know more about the contemporary art scene in Utah - which is really fantastic! You need to meet these artists and see their work! Many of them will be at the opening, and I really hope everyone in LA will come out to meet them and check out this gorgeous body of work!"
Artists include: Adam Bateman--Alison Buck--Amy Jorgensen--Aniko Safran--Cara Despain--Claire Taylor--Daniel Everett--Davey Hawkins--David Ruhlman--Jan Andrews--Jared Latimer--Jason Metcalf--Jorge Rojas--Joseph Christensen--Josh Winegar--Kenny Riches--Laura Decker--Laurel Hunter--Lenka Konopasek--Mary Toscano--Michael Rya...n Handley--Morganne Wakefield--Myranda Bair--Rob Mellor--Stephanie Leitch--Tessa Lindsey
Utah is well known for it's tradition of plein-air landscape painting. This show addresses this as well as many other themes that are linked to Utah, it's culture, history and location.
"The landscape in Utah is indeed stunning , and it’s hard to avoid – whether you’re an artist or not, it just seeps into your consciousness, aesthetic, and activities. Several of the artists in West of Center address landscape: Adam Bateman’s altered photographs explore the confluence of modernism and rural landscape, water usage, and our contemporary relationship with the land; Jared Latimer redefines plein air painting with observational paintings of the landscapes that he sees while touring his hometown and nearby areas via google street view; Davey Hawkins and Jan Andrews present uncanny and philosophical musings on land, body, and the personal relationship to landscape with stunning film and video sequences that recall sci-fi movies and structuralist films; Josh Winegar takes up classic notions of westward expansion, monumentality, and nostalgia in landscape photography with his stunning large format, manipulated photographs. Myranda Bair tackles the landscape through the aesthetics and language of rock climbing, merging the practicality and sublime of the outdoors with the artifice and economy of the gallery space. "
From the Huffington Post:
West of Center | Curated by Micol Hebron, West of Center features 26 contemporary artists from Utah, with more than 50 works in all forms of media. West of Center includes of both emerging and mid-career artists and is intended to introduce Los Angeles to the vital and flourishing art scene in Utah. Not the scene you might imagine, however, as there are no plein-air landscapes or traditional quilts, no saccharine nature photographs or hokey, pseudo-indigenous crafts, rather an array of contemporary subjects presented with vision, talent, wit, and innovation. Yes, you will see animals, landscapes, and even Joseph Smith, but in ways you likely didn't expect.
More info on show:
The artists will be doing a lecture/walk through during the opening as well as a panel discussion on Sunday July 17th at LACE = Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions from 4-6pm.
The opening will be on July 16th from 6-9pm at Jancar Gallery in China Town. www.jancargallery.com
Artist name(s): Adam Bateman, Alison Buck, Amy Jorgensen, Aniko Safran, Cara Despain, Claire Taylor, Daniel Everett, Davey Hawkins, David Ruhlman, Jan Andrews, Jared Latimer, Jason Metcalf, Jorge Rojas, Joseph Christensen, Josh Winegar, Kenny Riches, Laura Decker, Laurel Hunter, Lenka Konopasek, Mary Toscano, Michael Ryan Handley, Morganne Wakefield, Myranda Bair, Rob Mellor, Stephanie Leitch, Tessa Lindsey
Topics: Utah contemporary artists