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Rio Gallery’s Raw and Cooked Explores the Relationship between Culture and Nature – 28 Dec 2015

SALT LAKE CITY —Raw and Cooked, a new exhibition at the Rio Gallery will run Jan. 15th– March 11th, 2016. An artist reception will be held on Jan. 15, from 6-9 p.m. in conjunction with Gallery Stroll. This exhibition explores the relationship between culture and nature, one of the oldest human tropes. In this recurring schism, humans believe ourselves to be of nature and, alternately, distinct from it. As we search texts and traditions to support either position, the persistence of the trope itself is underscored; it’s an impasse, shifting in form. It’s also an embrace of or a resistance to the natural world that produced us; from which we believe we stand apart.

In Raw and Cooked, artists Jim Jacobs, Joshua Winegar, and Paul Crow present work within this nature/culture dialectic. Jacobs begins with an ancient horticultural intervention, the graft, to focus our attention on a literal intersection of the natural and the human-made. Winegar takes on the natural world as a partner in a conversation with his psyche, alternately responding to, and intervening in, the world which surrounds him. Crow maps the span of his life onto the time frame of the human awareness of global climate change. Each artist begins with material that exists before agency and brings it through a process of intervention to manifest a hybrid: the artist in dialogue both with the world and without, and with an inner understanding of that world.

“These three artists tackle an age old topic with a new pair of eyes, lending a fresh perspective that asks the viewer to think critically about our place in the world. We look forward to sharing this with the arts community” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson.

The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Additionally the Gallery is open in partnership with The Downtown Winter Farmers Market every other Saturday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. from Jan. 16 -April 23, 2016.