AFTER THE END
Exhibition dates: December 22, 2012-January 14, 2013
Exhibition opening reception: Saturday, December 22, 2012 8pm-10pm.
CUAC hours: w-f 12-7pm, sat 12-4pm.
175 East 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
“After the End,” is a celebration of the opening of a new space and the beginning of a new era for CUAC after eviction from our long time home in Ephraim. This exhibition marks the continuation of world-class programming CUAC has come to be known for and includes the work of artists Rebecca Campbell, Daniel Everett, Cara Despain, Lenka Konopasek, Bruce Case, Venessa Gromek, Matthew Choberka, Annie Kennedy, Jason Metcalf, and Richard Burde.
There is something essentially sublime about the apocalypse. The possibility of global catastrophe, like the Grand Canyon, and like a good sunset, is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Fundamental to an experience with the sublime is a feeling of being in awe of something much larger and more powerful than one is. On the other hand is the simultaneous feeling of importance of one’s own life in that moment of awe. This is true in the case of a religious experience of the sublimity of God, or death, the sea, the desert, or catastrophe.
The Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012. There has been a lot of speculation about that signaling the end of the world—if a calendar ends, the world must also end, right? So it is fitting that CUAC opens its new space, the beginning of a new era, after the apocalypse. “After the End,” an art exhibition at CUAC, explores the work of 10 artists whose works aestheticize apocalypse. Each, in his or her way, engages with the possibility of apocalypse and the sublimity of the experience of overpowering forces of nature. Some explore human experience as it relates to it, and some to the willingness to face catastrophe and survive it.