UMOCA Presents Salt Lake Artist David Ruhlman: A History of The Hidden World

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May 1, 2013


UMOCA Presents Salt Lake Artist David Ruhlman: A History of The Hidden World

Show Runs May 10 – August 1
Opening Reception May 10th from 8 to 10 PM

Salt Lake City – Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is pleased to present local artist David Ruhlman in his exhibition: A History of the Hidden World.

Fixed between the states of chaos and serenity, David Ruhlman’s mixed media paintings are visual palindromes reflecting the circular nature of beginnings and endings. A History of the Hidden World is an exploration of double entendres, surreal metamorphosis and natural phenomena. These themes relate to apocalypticism and how this mysterious fantasy spawns concepts of beauty and transcendence.

“Ruhlman’s paintings depict strange and charming imagery, revealing wondrous realms of fragmented narratives and untold histories.” Says Assistant Curator Becca Maksym. “Employing allegorical concepts of pandemonium, this body of work presents the world as a rearranged and transformed place where one is continually led through a labyrinth of doppelgängers, anthropomorphic creatures and uncanny fantasies.”


David Ruhlman: A History Of The Hidden World is presented as part of the inaugural Utah Biennial: Mondo Utah. The 2013 Utah Biennial consists of artistic statements, collections, artifacts and positions that explore the diversity of Utah’s cultural landscape.
Zion’s Bank is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Utah Biennial: Mondo Utah.  Special thanks to Zoo, Arts and Parks, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the UMOCA Ambassador’s Circle for their support.

About the Artist
Drawing on French playwright Antonin Artaud who used strange and disturbing effects to perplex his audience, Ruhlman’s work depicts peculiar and anthropomorphic motifs that lead viewers through hidden worlds. The artist experiments with form, color and texture, resulting in his own unique visual language. Recurring images of rams, reptiles, birds and fragmented figures tell stories that are not linear, but rather are repetitive trajectories of whimsical fable.

The award-winning Utah Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits groundbreaking artwork by local, national, and international artists. Four gallery spaces provide an opportunity for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape through UMOCA’s exhibitions, films, events, classes, and presentations.

Founded in 1931, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011, 2012 and 2013 and is a four-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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