Archive for April, 2011

First Church of Christ, Scientist

April 28, 2011

The former First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 352 E. 300 South, in Salt Lake City, would be my home if I were a millionare. I love this building so much that I actually priced it out when it was for sale a few years ago. Our half-assed, underfunded plan was to live in part of it, open part of it for SLUG magazine and the rest could be studio space.

My friend Wikipedia tells me the old church was the first Christian Science church in Utah. It was designed by local architect, Walter E. Ware, in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and was built in 1898 of brick and local sandstone.

It was painted a cream color while it was on the market about four years ago. Todd and I believe it is an abomination to paint a gorgeous old brick building to look like Elmer’s glue. Thankfully, the church’s new owners, a lovely church with a lot of Hispanic members, sandblasted it back to normal. We wonder what they did with the cool old statues. Honk and wave and you drive by! Wish this building was mine!

Mother’s Day Craft Fairs

April 26, 2011

The first weeks of May are a fantastic time to shop handmade, with Mother’s Day craft boutiques as plentiful as daffodils. Here are our favorites. If you can make it to Craft Sabbath, you have the added bonus of getting to see me!

Art Market
Friday April 29th, 2011 11am – 6pm
Saturday April 30th, 2011 10am – 5pm
The Sugarhouse Garden Center, on the north end of Sugarhouse Park.
Todd’s talented sister, Tonya is a regular at Art Market, which is a great fair for moms and babies. They have lovely jewelry, framed art and yummy food.
artmarketutah.com

Craft Sabbath

Sunday, May 1, 1 to 5 p.m.
Main Library, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City
The Mother’s Day show is always a big one for Craft Sabbath. I’ll be out vending, with super cute vintage brooches for mom. You can make a gift pack for mom by choosing a candy or healthy snack, and a vintage card. I’ll wrap it up for you. I have classy pearl brooches, cute puppy pins and sweet hearts gems. I’ll also be passing out granola samples for a little treat.
craftsabbath.com

Beehive Bazaar
Thursday May 5th 10 am to 10 pm
Friday May 6th 10 am to 10 pm
Saturday May 7th 10 am to 8 pm
Provo Women’s Center, 310 West 500 North, Provo
The Beehive Bazaar will host more than 50 local artists, including some of my favorites – Colt Bowden, Dallas Russell, Leia Bell, Potter’s Press, Sarinda Jones and Suzanne Clements. If you don’t go for the crafts, go for the snacks. If the snacks aren’t your thing, go to check out the building. It’s ultra retro and filled with solid panes of colored glass.
thebeehivebazaar.com/next-event

Thank You!

April 24, 2011

Photo by Carrie de Azevedo-Poulsen

Thank you Salt Lake City for coming out and showing your support for our ArtDuh show at the Hive. If you weren’t able to make it for the opening, the artwork will be hanging through May, so please stop by and bask in all the fine talent on display.

A very special thank you to all of the artists involved with the show, Blue Lotus and Transfusion Hype for their beautiful performances, Kelly Greenwood and Kiliona for the music. Thank you sponsors for all of your support, and a big thank you to the Hive Gallery for hosting us!

Much Love!

Anna & Todd

DuhLiteFul Opening Party Tonight!

April 23, 2011

Kid’s Art Supply Drive

April 21, 2011
Youth City's Ottinger Hall

Youth Citys Ottinger Hall

You have tons of things you’ll never use. Pens, tape, glue, fabric. You bought it for a project with the best intentions. But then never used it. Why not donate it to someone who will use it?

The ArtDuh First Anniversary Show opens Saturday night at the Hive Gallery. We hope you’ll come out and party with us. Bring the art supplies that are cluttering your house and give them to the best kids on earth – my students at Youth City’s Ottinger Hall. We’re accepting art supplies all the way through the end of the show on May 31. I’ve got yarn, tape, pens and fabric I’ll be dropping off. The kids art will be hanging at the gallery, too, so come check it out and get inspired by some creative young minds.

Painting Time

April 19, 2011

"Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2" - 1912

Our lives are made up of individual moments, and it is those individual moments that many artist try to capture. There are, of course, many fine examples that succeed in doing just that. They give us a moment that seems to stretch out and go on forever. But imagine trying to portray the passage of time on a two-dimensional surface. How would you do it? It is all a matter of opinion, of course, but I believe that showing a physical body as it moves through that fourth dimension is one of the most interesting ways to paint.

Artists have been trying to express the idea of time in the plastic arts for thousands of years. In Oriental, Hindu, Egyptian, and even prehistoric artwork you will often see the same character(s) repeated over and over within the same piece, doing different things, living their life. In Medieval Europe this was also common. In addition, paintings were often placed next to each other creating a diptych (two panels) or triptych (three panels), often to show the passage of time. This helped church congregations understand the continuity of a story because more people could “read” these images than could read the words written in their bible.

"Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 1" - 1911

Personally though, I am mostly interested in how the early 2oth Century artists learned to show the passage of time, even in short little bits. Perhaps the most famous painting from that period emphasizing motion was Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase”. You can see that this piece was very heavily influenced by Cubism. It may seem like I’m splitting hairs, but Cubism was more about creating that eternal moment, but from multiple angles in space. Duchamp was more concerned about showing a physical body move through time. Perhaps it is the same thing really. In theory, space and time might be considered to be basically the same thing and define each other (spacetime!). But I’m no physicist, so…

The Italian Futurists took these visual ideas to a whole new level.  There were many concepts the Futurist was expressing with their artwork, but what always stood out for me was how they captured time. Even if it was only short snatches of time. A gesture. A walking figure. A fight. A war! So beautiful.

When I look at these paintings, I can almost see the early stages of animation. Even modern film, although very early in it’s evolution, if at all. I think the reverse was also true. Technology helped painters and artists see the world in new ways too. Just check out the chronophotograph to the right, taken in the late nineteenth century of a man in a motion suit, and compare it to “Nude Descending a Staircase”.

I can’t tell you what the point behind my post is today, other than these are things that I have been thinking about for the last little while. Really, these are some of the things I have been thinking about for years and exploring the art of the past help me understand.

Lindsay Frendt’s Figure

April 17, 2011

Ha ha, I bet based on this title, you thought I was going to talk about Lindsay Frendt’s cute bod. Well it is cute, but actually I’m going to talk about figures she has drawn. I’ve seen things Lindsay has sewn and jewlery she has made, and I love it. But I wasn’t prepared for the emotional potency of her figure drawings. The Salt Lake native talks about her figure drawing experience:

“Early on I became intrigued with the human figure and never really enjoyed drawing or painting until I drew a face. It was not until I left for college that I was introduced to nude figure drawing. I loved the way that the emotions of the model as well as my own started to be portrayed on the paper. After returning to Utah after college I ended up volunteering to teach a figure drawing class at the Murray Lions Rec Center. Most of my students were women in their 70’s – 80’s and we opted for clothed models. It was an amazing experience. I have just recently begun the preparations for a series of paintings that will have some focus on the human figure.”


If you are inspired by Lindsay, there are two awesome resources for figure drawing in Salt Lake City:

  • King’s Cottage Figure Drawing Class, Tuesday nights, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., $7
  • Dr. Sketchy’s drawing class with the local burlesque girls at Bar X, info is posted at www.drsketchy.com/branch/saltlakecity.

Free Style Screen Printing

April 14, 2011

I recently heard that a group of young, free-style printers had become loyal ArtDuh fans. They run a business called Theareem Clothing Company in Northern Hollywood, CA. They print free-style, meaning the colors and inks will never be the same on any two shirts.

“One shirt can be very mellow with blues and yellows,” says the group’s organizer, Ray Mendoza. “And the next shirt might resemble something like a fruit roll up with the colors.”

Colors aren’t the only thing that makes Theareem’s shirts cool though. Typography plays a big part, “We also love typography, so we try our hardest to invent our own lettering and different ways to spell our name,” says Ray.

Fans of the brand are often urban trendsetters who are deep into subcultures like graffiti art and hip hop.

The t-shirt company has a free give-away for ArtDuh readers. Post a comment with the answer to this question “Who was the second man who landed on the moon? And what name did he inspire?” and win a free scom tee, as seen on this link  buyourclothes.com First right answer wins.

Visit their website www.theareem.com or fan them on facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Theareem-Clothing-Company/151565004881573

SLC’s Fashion School and One of its Top Students, Rachel Hayes

April 12, 2011
Owl Pillow

Owl Pillow

I can’t help but salivate when I look over the courses offered at Salt Lake Community College’s Fashion Institute: advanced sewing, fit and alteration, pattern design and costuming. One of the few fashion programs in the Western United States, this  program prepares you for a career in the fashion industry via either a one- year certificate or two-year degree. A long-time supporter of the SLC Fashion Stroll, the Fashion Institute is also the alma mater of SLC designers Keith Bryce and Jordan Halversen. I have to admit, I’m a fan. In fact graduating from this program ranks somewhere in the upper middle of my list of things to do before I die.

Rachel Hayes

Rachel Hayes

We interviewed a student at SLCC this year, my good friend Rachel Hayes. You may have seen Rachel out vending at events like the Broadway Stroll, with cute items like feathered owl pillows, embellished vintage jackets and sushi hair clips. She joined the Fashion Institute last fall when her youngest daughter went to kindergarten. She is stoked to be in school.

According to Rachel, “SLCC is the only fashion program currently being offered in Utah. Both the U of U and BYU have discontinued their fashion programs.  There are lots of great classes, everything from History of Fashion to millinery and corset making. I totally want to take both the hat and corset-making classes!”

Day of the Dead Pillow

Day of the Dead Pillow

Rachel’s favorite class so far was “Visual Merchandising.” The students in the class helped make over Danny Nappi’s store, Façade on 6th South.

We thought it would be fun for Rachel to take on a new project and take us step by step through it as she learned. Rachel explains she  learned about,  “blackwork, a really old embroidery technique that dates back to the 15th century from a book at the library and had to try it.

Blackwork

Blackwork

She says,  “I love black and white photography, and movies so I knew I wanted to try this technique of using only black thread on a white ground.  The technique is actually  characterized by the type of stitch used, which is the two way running stitch and  can be done in any color. Traditionally it was done in all black. My piece isn’t technically blackwork because I used other stitches like, stem stitch and satin stitch but it was inspired by the blackwork technique of using black and white. I couldn’t resist throwing a splash of color in with the bird. I love mixing old and new, the deco style image with the the trendy color scheme of black, grey and yellow.  I really love how it turned out and I want to make more pieces in this blackwork style.”

Look for Rachel’s pieces all around the ArtDuh show that runs April 23 through May 31 at the Hive. Come out and party with us on April 23 and May 20.

Fashion Institute  applications are due in August for next year. More info is available at http://www.slcc.edu/fashion/index.asp

Embellished Jacket

Embellished Jacket

Jonathon Baker

April 10, 2011

Cowboy

Super Scientist

One thing is for certain, Jonathon Baker is a talented and dedicated artist. Whenever I visit the Hive Gallery he is working on a new and interesting piece. I’ve been able to watch the progress some of his pieces go through, and that is a really cool. When I am working on my own art, I don’t like anybody watching (except maybe Anna), so I admire that he feels that comfortable with what he is making. Recently, I came upon his work in progress for his upcoming Star Wars Group Show, and it was excellent. I’m excited to see the finished piece.

Here is a what Jonathon has to say about his paintings:

“My art is a composition of the connections between people, and objects and, belief systems. I play with the concepts of spirituality and personality and the elements that make us who we are. I believe we give objects meaning by rearranging their original purpose. A branch on a tree is a branch on a tree but put it in a girls hair and it becomes a symbol, something with greater meaning and maybe even something with a higher purpose. I take this idea and I exaggerate it. I move it into a more fantastical metaphysical realm.

“I grew up on science fiction and fantasy books, comic books and cartoons. These things made it possible for me to see the world in a different way and I think that shows in my paintings. No one sees things the same way and I exploit that altered reality that exists within each of us and exaggerate it. My goal is to get the viewer to see things in a new light with a new purpose.”

Valentina

Jonathon does more than allow you into his creative process, he also regularly teaches classes at the Hive. Currently, he is teaching a class for kids and you can learn more at:
www.facebook.com | Children’s Art Classes

Baker regularly displays at the Hive gallery, and we are pleased that he’ll have some work in the upcoming ArtDuh show. You can see additional upcoming shows he’ll be involved with below:

Star Wars Group Show
Friday, April 15 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Brand32 Design
335 W. Pierpont Ave., SLC, Ut

Monsters and Maidens
Opening Night, Saturday April 23rd 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cafe on 1st
39 I Street, SLC, Ut


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