April 26 – June 7, 2024
Friday, April 26, 6-9pm: Opening Reception & SLC Gallery Stroll
Friday, May 17, 6-9pm: SLC Gallery Stroll
Adam Thomas has been making things for decades... Early on, there were t-shirt designs and patterns on the lawns he mowed. Later, there were monumental commercial projects like the Luxor Casino Egyptian-themed sculptures, theater & movie sets, along with specialty props. Following a MFA from The University of Texas at Austin, he returned to Utah for some teaching opportunities at the college and university level with his family and years as finish carpenter. He currently operates oddduckstudio in Provo which provides a quarterly art opening that shows 12-15 works from 15 different artists each event. His mixed media works are thoughtful pieces that include easily recognizable objects assembled or reconfigured to bring about new meanings and contexts. Ladders, chairs, handrails and found objects speak in metaphor, symbol and imagery when presented in new configurations.
Shiya is a Taishanese, multi-disciplinary artist based in Salt Lake City. She immigrated to Utah with her parents from China in the early 2000s and has been living in Salt Lake City ever since. Currently, she specializes in hand built ceramic sculptures representing moments from her lived experience as an immigrant, a descendent of Chinese railroad workers, and a daughter of an American Chinese food takeout restaurant owners. Her work explores her cultural identities and nostalgia and what keeps her tethered to her family and ancestors and their collective future. This exhibition is an encapsulation the history and contribution of Asian immigrants to the fabric of Utah. She wants to tell the erased and forgotten stories of the struggles and resilience of Asian people in porcelain, a medium that will last for millennials in a way that cannot be erased.