The Rio & Alice Galleries were established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. These venues allow emerging artists, professional artists, and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative art making and dialogue. The Rio Gallery is located in the grand lobby of the historic Rio Grande Depot,
Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84102
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Under the Influence: Eight Local Artists Influenced by Animation
July 14 — September 1, 2017
Artist Reception: July 21 | 6 – 9 pm
From Saturday morning cartoons to sophisticated feature films, the art of animation plays an important role in contemporary popular culture. Profoundly influenced by animation and its captivating moving figures, a group a local artists seek to explore and borrow from the genre’s distinctive elements through paintings, drawings, and prints. Under the Influence includes works by Robin Banks, Trent Call, Jason N. Jones, Evan Jed Memmott, Mike Murdock, Athena Splett, Heather Mahler, and Sri Whipple.
The artists employ exaggeration, tension, and elasticity of form to convey a heightened emotion or action in each work. Their use of frozen circumstance, like a celluloid from an animated short, eternally expresses a particular feeling or action such as elation, humor, terror, or environmental upheaval. Classic animated films, like Fantasia and Little Nemo, inspired the artists to incorporate techniques such as anthropomorphism — the attribution of human characteristics or behavior on an animal or object — and surrealism into their work. Their unique style seeks to magnify and highlight certain characteristics — such as a “wacky” tree or “gloomy” cat — and departs from art that depicts more traditionally rendered figures which is an important tenant of animation. The bright and unconventional color palettes further convey the intent and mood of their subject matter.
In addition to this body of work, curator Jason N. Jones interviewed each artist about animation and its influence on their creative efforts. They compiled these interviews in a bound book in storyboard format in which the interviewer and interviewee collaborated on the illustrations. The drawings from the book are on display in the exhibition.
Accessible to youth and adult audiences, Under the Influence harnesses the joyful and whimsical stylistic elements unique to the animation genre. The profound impact of animation on these artists and contemporary culture merits recognition and celebration.
Proposals for exhibitions in March–July of 2018 will be accepted July 29–September 3, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online.
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