FINCH LANE GALLERY PRESENTS ARTISTS JUSTINA BONAVENTURA, CÉLINE DOWNEN, AND DANIELLE SUSI
The Salt Lake City Arts Council is pleased to present its newest exhibition featuring artists Justina Bonaventura, Céline Downen, and Danielle Susi at the Finch Lane Gallery, June 14 through August 2, 2019. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, June 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Artist Céline Downen will give a short talk about her work at 6:30pm during the reception.
Material Questions for the Immaterial
In her exhibition Material Questions for the Immaterial, Justina Bonaventura looks at the connections and relationships people have with objects and spaces, and the disconnect that exist between an object’s permanence and the value placed on it. The works in this exhibition aim to explore those relationships by using light as an ephemeral tool to walk the line between the material and immaterial. Exploring light’s uses with a wide variety of materials, many of which are recognizable items we often interact with, allows for extensions of those object’s lives and meaning to emphasize the roll emotional attachment can have on an object’s value.
Bonaventura was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She graduated from Alfred University in 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts and Physics. After completing her studies, she moved to Salt Lake City, drawn to the rich landscapes and welcoming community. She has been working with light-based sculptures for 6 years, and combines light with other materials to explore how light can be used to transform a space and create a mood.
The Quotidian Details
Céline Downen’s exhibition The Quotidian Details incorporates textiles, sculpture, and mixed-media installations mainly comprised of found materials compiled from daily life. While speaking of her exhibition, Downen says “Process is an important part of my art. I have tried to look at my daily routine—drive the kids to school, pick them up, Monday swim lessons, Tuesday ukulele, grocery store runs—creatively. My work incorporates materials collected from my surroundings, whether it be my backyard or my laundry room. Inspired by the bower bird, in The Quotidian Details I’ve arranged the byproducts of day-to-day family life, including laundry lint and dryer sheets, eggshells and strawberry sepals, into, I hope, something beautiful and wondrous.”
Downen grew up in Salt Lake City and moved to Evanston, IL when she was 11. She returned to Utah in 2006 and completed an MFA in Community-Based Art Education at the University of Utah. In 2017, she was UMOCA’s first Educator-in-Residence. She currently teaches art workshops through the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.
As an interdisciplinary artist, Danielle Susi brings cyanotype prints, embroidery, and hand-dyed textiles into the gallery in her exhibition Blue Repeat. The works in this exhibition emphasize the act of repetition through the process of indigo dying, the stitches that make up an embroidery, or the steps in creating a cyanotype print. As a common thread throughout the works, the color blue represents both the sky and the sea, ebbing and flowing like a blue tide.
Originally from Boston, Susi received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015, where she received the New Artists Society Fellowship. Her work has been shown across the country, including ICA Baltimore, the Page Gallery and Sullivan Galleries in Chicago, and Bountiful Davis Art Center and Eccles Community Art Center in Utah.