Contemporary Reactions: The Delicate Line Between Nourishment and Destruction

Nestled in a corner of the Main Gallery is UMOCA’s A-I-R Space, an area specially devoted to showcasing UMOCA’s artists-in-residence. Entering the gallery almost feels like entering a secret world, partitioned off and hidden behind encompassing walls. Yet while physically contained in a small space, the A-I-R Space’s current exhibition, Scott Horsley’s I Learned It […]

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Contemporary Reactions: An Otherworldly Spectacle

A congregation of umbrellas, weather map projections, and a fabric pedestal holding dry ice as a rainbow of colors washes over it, splashing onto the wall through the cutouts in the cylindrical sculpture await visitors in Michael Ryan Handley’s Sublimation, currently on exhibit in UMOCA’s Street Gallery.  Handley’s unexpected use of digital media, sculpture, fabric […]

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Jodi exploring Alyce Carrier's "Old Work" in UMOCA's Projects Gallery

Contemporary Reactions: Mundane Intimacy

Alyce Carrier’s exhibit, Old Work, in the Projects Gallery has received an array of reactions, but the majority of patrons’ comments reflect on how clever and profound her work can be. By incorporating 3-D sculptures, prints, and a stop-animation film, Carrier is able to speak to viewers on many different levels. Jodi, a visitor to […]

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Contemporary Reactions: a Sense of Leeriness

Visitor Services Intern Hannah Sandorf relays an in-museum interaction with guest Tyler Hall regarding Jennifer Seely’s “Supporting Elements” Jennifer Seely’s Supporting Elements has inspired some profound insights from visitors to the museum. One patron in particular who was struck by the ideas presented by Seely’s exhibition is Tyler Hall. He is a student at Weber […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Confront Yourself / Corrupt.Yourself

Currently in UMOCA’s Codec Gallery, visitors can find three pieces by Paris-based artist Ben Gaulon. His installation, Corrupt.Yourself, confronts a societal “glitch” in which we all participate: planned obsolescence and consumerism in a disposable society.   Upon entering the gallery, the viewer is confronted by the titular work, a center projection titled Corrupt.Yourself. Referencing Glitch Art software, which […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Sometimes Art Says It Better Than Words

  Jeffrey Wattles an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Kent State University, where he wrote his first book, The Golden Rule (Oxford University Press), and has a second book, Living in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness (Cascade Books) forthcoming. Last month, he visited Salt Lake City to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions conference, and made his way to […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Shawn Porter’s “Into the Ether”

Sketches are often mindless beginnings of a thought or idea. It is the first step in creation. Shawn Porter’s Into the Ether, currently on display in UMOCA’s A-I-R Space, is a three-dimensional sketch using a variety of organic materials to create an effortless, playful piece that is open to interpretation. This openness leaves the materials, textures, […]

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Contemporary Reactions: Sometimes, Once Is Never Enough

While in Salt Lake for a work trip, Ami Fatherree—who currently resides in Tacoma, Washington and is originally from Houston, Texas—made her way to UMOCA on a day off after realizing that the museum was right around the corner from her hotel. Good timing, too, because Ami was able to see Grandma’s Cupboard right when […]

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