SALT LAKE CITY —Utah Arts & Museums announces Reformation: A Rearranging of Elements, a solo exhibition by artist Rebecca Klundt on view at the Alice Gallery from Sept. 18 through Nov. 13, 2015. A public reception will be held on Sept. 18, from 6 – 9 p.m. in collaboration with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The Alice Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Klundt confronts the challenge of taking up what has been left behind and reforming it through a practice that includes mining, breaking down, and then building up. Everything we see and use in the world today is a product of the earth. Through mining and other technological advances, man’s ingenuity has allowed for the production of all our modern technology. Klundt is fascinated with this cycle and the evidence of the mining process left in “piles”-materials from Earth, transformed into usable form and then discarded to make room for the new. Through the process of “mining the piles”, her purpose is to create order from the chaos and appreciate the character of this material that has been created and then recreated. The result is a focus on line and subtle color shifts.
Influenced by the tradition of her industrious, Swedish immigrant grandparents who made rugs and furniture from these “piles”, Klundt says, “I am madly in love with significant lines in nature which come about when two things are butted up against each other. I love the geometric cracks and seams in the slick rock of Southern Utah and the pattern of line found in the granite walls that emerge from the mountains of the Wasatch Front. I love the process of working with tools and constructing, compacting and making something solid from the pieces, which can then be neatly framed and hung on a wall, leaving behind a new clean space in place of the pile.”