SALT LAKE CITY —The Utah Division of Arts & Museums presents Architecture of Place, an exhibition on display at the Alice Gallery from July 15 – Sept. 9, 2016. Architecture of Place takes a look at depictions of various structures and environments highlighted in the State of Utah Fine Art and Folk Art Collection.
While some works in this exhibition depict Western or Utah specific locales such as Ada Rigby’s papercut of the Salt Lake Temple, or Leconte Stewart’s Cabin in the Hills, others such as Moishe Smith’s rendering of Jerusalem and Karl Pace’s Desert Town at Dusk take the viewer to more distant locations. Other works push the boundaries of real or concrete locations and structures and call into question notions of home or place. Works such as David Brothers’ Aydrpresents a fictitious structure that takes on a fantastical tone with its distorted scale and precarious construction. Heidi Moller Somsen’s ceramic work of a small house titled Columbary conjures up ideas of home and final resting places.
Curator, Felicia Baca said, “Architecture has long been subject matter in artworks both for the formal qualities and social commentary. Early examples include wall frescoes from the Roman villa at Boscoreal depicting life in 40-30 BC. The much later advent of photography enabled artists to capture and portray built environments that went far beyond mere documentation. Depictions of architecture often encapsulate moments in history and the significance of structures humans build, which can often reveal information about economic conditions, resources and geography, social norms and shifts in culture over time.”
Architecture of Place includes works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection and Folk Art Collection. It features artists including David Brothers, Daniel Everett, Andrea Jensen, LeConte Stewart, Ada C. Irvine, Jeronimo Lozano, Mary H. Teasdel, Heidi Moller Somsen and others. Works range from paintings, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.
The Alice Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please visit visualarts.utah.gov.