Common Threads Group Exhibition // Eric Fairclough
Common Threads Group Exhibition
Anna Laurie Mackay, Jean Richardson, Jen Watson, Jethro Gillespie, and Kathryn Knudsen come together for a group exhibition of work referencing textiles. Fiber, as a material is something we interact with every day. It exists in a vast hierarchy of objects that range from necessity to luxury. On the surface it is purely functional, but it can carry deep sentiment, history, and meaning. This exhibition explores the use of textiles in the contemporary art-making context, and how we connect with fiber through narrative, metaphor, materiality, and objectivity.
Anna Laurie Mackay is a mixed media artist who manipulates paper to function as a textile. She methodically creates woven pieces that explore distortion, memory, and materiality. Jean Richardson is an interdisciplinary artist who collects found objects and examines their meaning by changing their context and presentation. She pieces together items like envelopes, umbrellas and life jackets in a way that challenges perception. Jen Watson is a printmaker whose images question ownership, inheritance and meaning of objects. She creates images of ribbons, yarn and zigzags that come to represent movement through the past and present. Jethro Gillespie’s fabric work investigates the ritual of repetition, the accumulation of time and the symbolism of meaning behind the handmade textile object. He creates quilts, soft sculptures, and performances. Kathryn Knudsen is a mixed media artist who uses repurposed textiles in her wall pieces and sculptures to create complex abstract forms, rich with texture, time, and persistence. Her work speaks of reclaiming what has been lost and breathing new meaning into the discarded.
Eric Fairclough’s work is a practice in repetition, perfection, and meditation. Creating complicated patterns is a way for Fairclough to explore the inner workings of his mind. Having suffered from anxiety most of his adult life, Fairclough’s art practice has given him a needed sense of control. Creating patterns requires precision and perfection, which can be found in his work, but upon closer examination, his paintings will reveal an underlying layer of disorganization and chaos. Fairclough sees the juxtaposition between the order and disorder as a direct reflection of the inner workings of his brain.
Eric Fairclough is represented by Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ. He has exhibited at the Bountiful Davis Arts Center, Art Access Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT, God Hates Robots in Salt Lake City, UT, as well as other galleries in Utah. He won the People’s Choice Award in the 2020 Utah Statewide Annual Exhibition.
Group Exhibition on Dream States // Elijah Kauffman
Group Exhibition on Dream States
Samantha Da Silva, Emily Quinn Loughlin, Caitlyn Barhorst, and Hannah Dwertman’s collective work is meant to bring the viewer into a dream-like state. Their group exhibition was inspired by the altered mental space brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the artists’ view, our slow collective pattern of healing has brought people more in touch with the comfort of home spaces while simultaneously drawing out the discomfort of our inner spaces. Settling into the softness of the unknown, we began dreaming longer and discovering new patterns in the fabric of our shared experience.
Caitlyn Barhorst’s fiber art strikes a balance between softness and structure that gives the viewer a sense of comfort. The stitches in their work add a vibrational quality to their geometric designs. Emily Quinn Loughlin’s work seeks to animate recycled and reclaimed materials with the goal of creating a moment of discovery for the viewer. Her flora, fauna, and playful abstracts seek to touch the inner child within us while stimulating our curiosity. Samantha Da Silva’s work communicates calming emotional energy through color, texture, and composition. Her misty compositions feel like old memories playing on the walls of our subconscious. Hannah Dwertman’s work plays tricks on the mind by juxtaposing everyday scenes against fantastical backgrounds, playing with scale and color to evoke a sense of playfulness and curiosity.
Eli Kauffman is a fine artist from Salt Lake City, Utah, studying in the Painting Department at Rhode Island School of Design. They work from a combination of photography, film stills, and clay models to create artificial scenes that exist in the realm of low fantasy. Their work amplifies the differences between these sources by playing up the disparity between high-brow and low-brow imagery, resulting in paintings and prints that reference both coming of age TV shows, and dialogue surrounding contemporary figure painting.
Many of Eli’s paintings and prints are nocturnes, where the energy of nighttime brings believable experiences into a world of fantasy and improbability. At night, a domestic interior or a parking lot can become a portal into a world that reflects heightened emotional intensity and urgency.
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.