SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of the exhibition Collective Experience in the Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City. Artists include Joey Behrens, Sandy Brunvand, Stefanie Dykes, Michael Handley, Jenevieve Hubbard, Satu Hummasti, Beth Krensky, Colin Ledbetter, Dawn Oughton, Suzanne Simpson and Jim Frazier, Heidi Somsen, Amie Tullius, and Lucia Volker.
Counter to the idea of the sole creative genius, the exhibiting artists subscribe to the idea of musician Brian Eno, who refers to a place in time where the intelligence of a whole group of people creates an “ecology of talent” that produces new thoughts and good new works. “Scenius” is Eno’s term for this scene of the collective experience. It is an experimental environment that leads to a very fertile and intelligent output.
Five years ago, over 80 individuals, including local artists, University of Utah educators, students, and Salt Lake City community leaders participated in Ernesto Pujol’s group performance presented at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah. Awaiting, was a 12-hour meditative walking performance that lasted from sunset to sunrise, creating an ephemeral field for individual reflections on regional and personal themes.
Collective Experience at the Rio Gallery will highlight Eno’s idea of the collective inventive nature of the creative process. There is a clear connection between the “awaiting” experience and the subsequent artwork produced. You will encounter conceptual themes of walking, gender roles, embodiment, the gestural, site-specificity and notions of waiting in each of these art works.
“We are delighted about the concept of this exhibition” says Utah Arts & Museums director Lynnette Hiskey; “the idea that a group of artists have come together to examine and contemplate a shared experience over time is truly an exciting prospect and fertile ground for the production of excellent work.”
The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. The show runs from March 20 – April 29, 2015. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. An artist reception will be held on March 20, from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll.