Allman creates large-scale paintings that explore ominous, apocalyptic landscapes with geometric architecture and forms. The austere landscapes are inspired by the mountains of the Wasatch Front and the abstract bursts of color come from a commitment to modernist painting. Allman works out his preoccupation with existence and especially apocalypse in these paintings that struggle to exist in a space between abstraction and representational landscape and narrative painting.
In conjunction with the Western States Printmaking Conference hosted at the University of Utah the same weekend, CUAC is pleased to present an exhibition of printmaking that uses printmaking as a method to pursue conceptual concerns instead of as an end in itself.
Ricky Allman of Kansas City, MO will present a silkscreen print that he will then draw and paint on after it is installed in CUAC’s gallery space. His painting will extend onto the walls of the gallery and engage with the architecture of the space.
Kathryn Bradshaw of Ogden recently returned to Utah from Portland, OR where she finished an MFA in sculpture. She will exhibit an artist’s book that is the same surface area as the area of the skin on her body, thereby making a self-portrait. The contents of the book are images of her moles and freckles.
Emi Brady of Denver, CO will make a site-specific installation of her prints of animals that will be sculpture-like in the way it engages with space.
Chris Coy, of Las Vegas, NV will exhibit a stack of silkscreened pizza boxes that exist as sculpture as well as props in a film and ongoing performance project of his where he explores his coming-of-age as an adult male living in Utah.
Katrin Koenig of Liepsig, Germany will exhibit a large-scale print made with a steamroller.
Colin Nesbit of Murray, KY will exhibit large scale embossed white on white architectural drawings.
Lindsey Winkel of Mount Pleasant, UT will exhibit a large cyanotype she created documenting her visit to PS1, a contemporary art museum in Queens, NY.
CUAC IS PART OF UTAH BIENNIAL: MONDO UTAH AT UMOCA
Within the larger framework of Mondo Utah, Faithful Abstraction is given its own quiet room—a chapel for things spiritual and things grounded in tradition. These artists are faithful to a vocabulary of Modernism and they freely graft within it the grammar of classical architecture, contemporary and local iconography, and religion. The result is a highly encoded dialect that can be mutually understood by this group and a few others, but remains somewhat problematic, as it is a regional dialect that borrows heavily from the already obtuse language of contemporary art. This specialized grammar allows them to address issues of art historicity, popular culture, and their own questions about spirituality. The works take the form of empty God portals, Masonic symbols, beehives, and they appropriate landscape to be a stage for epic spiritual narrative and as a symbol at the heart of a Mormon manifest destiny.
Casey Jex Smith
Jared Lindsay Clark