SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces DemoGraphics: An Exploration of Visual Vocabulary, a new group exhibition on display at the Rio Gallery from July 15-Sept. 2, 2016. An artist reception will be held on July 15, 6-9 p.m. during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. Exhibiting artists include Paige Anderson, Rebecca Klundt, Liberty Blake, Jenna von Benedikt, Justin Wheatley, Linnie Brown, and Joseph Ostraff.
The artists in DemoGraphics have created demonstrations of a visual vocabulary that each has developed in an effort to communicate in a language they have created. The exhibition explores communication with a personal, visual language, asking the viewer to let the artwork be heard. The viewer is invited to engage visually, withholding a verbal assessment and giving the piece a chance to speak in its native tongue. Much like one would listen to a piece of music, these experiences can speak to the viewer in a place beyond their conscious mind. Using a variety of media including photography, oils, acrylics, wood, and collage, each of the seven artists have chosen their tools or “alphabet” and then their method or “language”.
Artist Rebecca Klundt said, “The materials and process I have chosen to speak with are an important part of what I want to say. I am using reclaimed wood and other ‘useless’ materials as my alphabet. It is a primitive language that cannot easily convey a complicated message but I am aching to speak. These limitations are self-imposed because I enjoy the challenge of making something beautiful from things left behind. I prefer not to be a consumer because of the great responsibility that comes from using resources.”
The Rio Gallery was created as a service to Utah artists. It provides a free venue for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. For more information on exhibitions and other program opportunities please visit visualarts.utah.gov.
*DemoGraphics: Study of visual data relating to a particular group of the population