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Rio Gallery

Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

Specific Abject

March 17 – May 12, 2017

Please join us for a Gallery Stroll opening reception March 17th from 6-9 p.m.

The artists in this exhibition—Jared Clark, Christopher Lynn, Abraham Kimball, Allan Ludwig, Joseph Penrod, and Jean Richardson—each have a unique take on the possibilities of painting, or the possibilities of how painting’s mores can be used to frame other practices.

Painting as a term can be used to describe a medium-based artistic discipline, or as a lens through which work can be considered. Traditionally, painting’s primary components were its material (paint, canvas, panel, etc.), flat surface, location on the wall, and employment of color. During the 20th century, artists questioned the trappings of representational easel painting including traditional technique, the optics of space, shading, composition, and placement on the wall.

As artists freed painting to be more non-representational, there was less focus on the illusion of space rendered on the flat surface of the canvas, and more focus on the actual surface of the canvas, and in turn, the physicality of the canvas itself. The depth of the stretcher bars, the angle at which the work hung on the wall (or placement on the floor), and the shape of the canvas were now fair game when considering a painting, and not just what sat within the discrete parameters of the frame.

Painting was no longer just a framed window into a different scene, but it was being talked about as a sculptural object. Consequently, sculpture was being considered as painting. Modernist sculpture eschewed the pale carved marble and dark cast bronze forms of yesteryear and would occasionally embrace flat planes, color, fixed vantage points from which to view the work, the locus of the wall, and linear elements—all previously seen as the distinct purview of painting.

Looking at an artwork through the lens of painting is to consider the work as painting, even if many of its elements do not sit neatly within painting’s core competencies. Conversely, looking at painting through the lenses of sculpture, performance, video, or other disciplines also reveals fertile ground to explore new opportunities.

Location & Hours

Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Click HERE for information about the Art-o-mat.

Proposals for exhibitions in July 2017-Jan of 2018 will be accepted January 1-February 1, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online.

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Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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