Finch Lane Gallery
The Salt Lake City Arts Council, located in Reservoir Park, programs visual arts exhibits year-round in the Finch Lane Gallery. Artist are invited to apply for exhibits annually. Typically, the applications are made available in January and due back to the Arts Council in March.
The exhibition program is designed to give local artists an opportunity to show their current body of work. The application process includes a thorough and competitive review by the Visual Arts Committee of the Salt Lake City Arts Council, with members from the board of directors and visual artists from the community.
Both one-person shows and group exhibits are considered. The quality of work, as evidenced by images of previous work submitted with the application, a range of styles and media, and a balanced exhibition season are among the criteria considered in the application review process.
NEW FINCH LANE GALLERY EXHIBITION
Artists Laura Hope Mason, Barbara Ellard, and Rosalie Winard
Opening Reception, Friday, April 21, 6-8 p.m.
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, Friday, May 19, 6-9 p.m.
The Finch Lane Gallery presents artists Laura Hope Mason, Barbara Ellard, and Rosalie Winard in exhibitions April 21 through June 9. Their collective work represents new ways to look at Utah’s topography, birds around the Great Salt Lake, and ceramics. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 21 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Laura Hope Mason veers from traditional landscape painting found in Utah. She deconstructs it by breaking it down into basic geometric forms. Each painting relies heavily on line. She questions whether certain peaks or ranges can be recognized from just a few black lines. “An important aspect of my work is the juxtaposition of macro and micro views,” says Mason. “These paintings do not inform the viewer whether they are looking at a mountain from an aerial view miles above, or if they are on a trail looking for the next cairn that marks the dirt path.” This ambiguity lets the viewer’s experiences with mountains and personal sensibilities reveal their point of view. Her exhibitions is titled “What is a Mountain?”
Ceramics has been a creative pursuit for Barbara Ellard since she was a teenager. Clay is a very engaging medium for her because of the contrast between the raw medium; soft, sensuous and malleable, and the finished fired piece. “My current clay work is a combination of wheel throwing and hand building techniques,” explains Ellard. “Recently my work has moved into a more sculptural realm. I am combining wheel thrown forms with both coils and slabs. I am constantly concerned with volume of the piece and the negative space it creates. I want to create a juxtaposition of fullness and constraint.” Her exhibition “Organic Geometry” explores these tensions in her ceramics.
Another approach to seeing the familiar is taken by Rosalie Winard. She explains, “Landscapes here are soulful, vast and at times utterly serene. The birds on the lake come here in such great numbers that they become an element of the landscape.” The patterns and stillness of the birds and the reflection of light and dark on the water have influenced her work. This installation includes still images on chiffon to accentuate the ephemeral quality of birds and landscape. She also has a video installation that shows the grace and clumsiness of pelicans. It is her documentation of a time she helped band pelican chicks on Gunnison. The title of the exhibition, “Birds Don’t Pay Taxes” comes from a documentary Winard watched about a conflict between conservationists fighting to save sage grouse habitat on public lands and ranchers whose cattle grazed there. An angry rancher held up a placard with that statement on it.
Each artists will give a gallery talk about her work. On Friday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. Laura Hope Mason will present a gallery talk about her work. Barbara Ellard will follow at 6:00 p.m. Rosalie Winard will give a gallery talk on May 19 at 6:00 p.m. All events are free of charge.
UPCOMING FINCH LANE GALLERY EXHIBITION
Artists Linnie Brown and Scott Filipiak
Opening Reception, Friday, June 16, 6-9 p.m.
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, Friday, July 21, 6-9 p.m.
The Finch Lane Gallery presents artists Linnie Brown and Scott Filipiak in exhibitions June 16 through August 4. Each artist brings the perspective of using outside influences to connect with inner places. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
A few years ago, Linnie Brown participated in a class with a visiting artist. Rather than using traditional pattern shapes for one of their clothing projects, the instructor had students work with templates she had derived from specific physical sites. The resulting objects, unique and barely functional, differed substantially from normal articles of clothing. For Brown, this working process also came to signify to her how individuals are shaped by specific locations and their experiences in them. Revisiting this idea, Brown created this exhibition Maps of Insufficient Clarity to explore the complexity and influence of location. In creating her work Brown realized that, “we really are an accumulation of our past. All of the experiences we have had in our homes, schools, and other places uniquely merge together to influence the way we currently view and engage in life.”
Scott Filipiak was trained as a graphic artist but in recent years has gone back to his roots of painting and photography and has taken time to explore ideas inspired by the natural beauty of the West. His interactive barcode series developed out of his photography when he saw a group of aspen trees that reminded him of a barcode’s tightly grouped, vertical lines. Filipiak combined his love of technology and painting to create a working barcode that could be scanned using a free QR Reader app but could also stand alone as a work of art. These interactive barcode paintings have often lead to chainsaws and axes in an ironic symbolization of people’s fears. For this exhibition, Fears Realized, he “expanded upon this premise by painting internalized fears – the fear of people being replaced though they still have use and the fear of being destroyed by that which creates them,” says Filipiak. He will give a gallery talk about his work on Friday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m.
54 Finch Lane
(1340 East 100 South)
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll
Third Friday of each month
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
For information on the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, visit their web site.