CUAC Main Gallery
Central Utah Art Center
86 South Main
Ephraim, UT 84627
Exhibition Dates: June 10 – August 5, 2011
Opening Reception: June 10, 2011 7-10pm
CUAC is pleased to announce an exhibition of work from Scott Allred, Amy Jorgensen, Adam Larsen, and Brad Taggart. This exhibit explores the relationship between colleagues and the what role location and proximity plays in the creation of art.
Each artist is a full-time professor at Snow College. Working individually they set out to create work that is both personal and also communicates a sense of place through media and concept.
Scott Allred is interested in formal aesthetic relationships. In the drawing process shape is what makes the subject recognizable and value execution makes the subject believable. His work consists primarily of figure studies, portraits, and large biblical narratives in the tradition of historic masterpieces. It is his desire to revisit this imagery in his drawings and paintings.
Amy Jorgensen’s work began as an inquiry into the practices and aesthetics of historical criminal photography and associated assumptions of the photograph as a document of the moment, or a representation of truth – what Walter Benjamin describes as evidence of an occurrence. Traditional notions of the body in art, the figure as object on view, are set aside to consider the body as an active participant in artistic process. She incorporates performance and photography with a willingness to use her own body as both test subject and subject matter in an investigation of personal and cultural assumptions linked to our artistic and scientific expectations of photographic practice. Jorgensen explores the body as both repository and author of information. The resulting photographs are the striking visual residue of her experience: traces of body fluid, clothing, skin prints, and the fine edges of body hair are evidence of her occurrence. Jorgensen states, “My body is an archive, my skin the surface through which I experience the world.”
Adam Larsen is a passionate artist and teacher of the visual language. His philosophy of art and teaching embraces the idea that art occurs when craft and concept homogenize. He is dedicated to promoting the practice of fundamental visual and dextral skills in a variety of artistic disciplines. His work cannot be categorized completely by one artistic medium but instead exists in varied forms of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and artists’ books. This mixed-media affiliation allows him freedom as an artist to produce work in any combination of material and process, informing and enhancing his particular concept. His current work can be characterized as a visual reflection of his life as he attempts to translate commonplace occurrences into intimate visual dialogs utilizing the visual and tactile container of the artists’ book. The work includes the use of toys and elements of childhood play, metaphorically creating a reciprocal relationship between early memories and adulthood.
He is a maker of objects. As a sculptor Brad Taggart modifies materials and space to suit the body of work. He is a traditional sculptor in the sense that he places emphasis on the quality of the object even when the nature of the object is driven by conceptual concerns. He believes that a high-minded idea, in the absence of a finely crafted object, is philosophy mixed with theatre. He considers himself a contemporary sculptor and subscribes to the notion that he can work in any tradition, material, technology, or style that suits him. He is a figure sculptor, but also an installation artist. He embraces realism, yet is equally at home with abstraction. He uses age-old processes to create his work, but is willing to accept new technologies that allow him to be more efficient. He relishes the freedom to say what he needs to say when he needs to say it using whatever means necessary to get his message across. In the end Taggart’s message will always take a material form because he believes that as a sculptor he is a maker of objects.