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Two Unique Photographers Featured in New Alice Gallery Exhibition

A new exhibit at the Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City will highlight two artists taking unconventional approaches to photography.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums presents On the Border of Realism September 14 through November 2, 2018, at the Alice Gallery. A Gallery Stroll artist reception will be held on October 19 from 6pm to 9pm. The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion at 617 East South Temple in Salt Lake City and is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm.

On the Border of Realism features the artwork of Jan Andrews and Trent Alvey. These artists are inspired by capturing the transitory moments of everyday life, the movement of light, and the impressions these illuminated scenes leave on the senses. Both use photography as their medium, but use different subject matter for inspiration. Alvey photographs water mixing with paint in a paint tray, while Andrews photographs flowers through hazy greenhouse windows. Alvey watches the movement of grass, clouds, light, water — non-linear occurrences — that come into existence only for a moment because they are as transparent as any emotion or fleeting thought that passes through our mind every day.

“Water is the medium that is most important as it finds its way to low places,” Alvey said about the collection of work featured in this exhibit. This is her favorite way to observe, having no notion of what may occur or where or even the expectation that something will occur and if it does will she even notice.

Andrews said the visual arts, particularly photography, is dependent upon the movements of particles of light to illuminate the object or the scene which is then impressed upon the senses then conveyed and lodged for contemplation. In these photographs Andrews attempts to make visible the interior of a greenhouse and the almost indistinguishable plants as seen through the hazy glass windows in late afternoon.

“The images of the flowers inside are illuminated as merely imprints or shadows of their original shapes and colors,” Andrews said.

The Alice gallery hosts exhibitions by living Utah artists as well as works from the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Collection.The Rio & Alice Galleries were established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. These venues allow emerging artists, professional artists, and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition-making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative art-making and dialogue.