Marc Wise’s work deals primarily with residues from the production of utilities—functional products with a specific purpose, fabricated at a shop here in Salt Lake City. The leftover materials from this production are often discarded, recycled, scrapped, or worse, sent to the landfill. There is a body of material left over, and it only seems appropriate to attempt to put what is left of this body together for a space beyond the necessarily practical. This series will explore the problematics of the certainties governing our definitions of function, as well as the space between painting, drawing, and sculpture.
Marc T. Wise (b.1979, Denver, Colorado) works in paint, sculpture, language, and photography. His artwork has appeared in galleries and arts centers throughout the country and his writing has appeared in the Seneca Review, Los Angeles Review, Denver Quarterly and elsewhere. He holds a M.A from the University of California Davis and a M.F.A from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in Salt Lake City.
Atrophy and Amelioration is the working title for David Raleigh’s exhibition. To atrophy is to degrade, to ameliorate is to make better. Raleigh’s painted forms are meant to appear as though they are falling apart while simultaneously reforming– progressing while regressing. We live in a reality of entropy, yet our efforts to fight against entropy inevitably result in growth.
David Raleigh’s work has appeared in New American Paintings in 2019 and 2016. He received a BFA from Brigham Young University in 2017, and an Associates of Art from Snow College in 2013.
“Elisa Gomez is a tour de force in production, scale and versatility. Her deeply emotive paintings feel like a modern romance. The muse, a new age heroine who has so much more to present to this time than just a pretty exterior. The deep hues, varying application and dance between heavy and light compositions make her abstract work truly exceptional.” -Sahra Beaupre of Echo Arts
Gomez received her BFA with an emphasis in painting from the University of Utah in 2010 and her Master’s Degree from Denver University in 2020. She has been involved in multiple exhibits across the country and participated in a solo demonstration at the Denver Art Museum. Her work is collected internationally and has been included in many publications. She is currently represented by Uprise Art in New York, and Loft Gallery in Atlanta. Gomez currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT.
Emily Tipps’ exhibition will hinge on books’ abilities to stoke imagination, transport consciousness, and expand horizons. The book is an invitational form—the opening of a proverbial “window” into another world, time, or perspective. Yet engagement with the traditional codex is typically a private, contained affair: we hold the book (hand-sized, face-sized) and read silently, alone with the words in our minds. By altering the scale, format, and role of the reader, Tipps upsets expectations of the reading experience.
Emily Tipps is Associate Librarian and Program Manager at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah. She also operates High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in limited edition artist’s books. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.