This exhibition consists of new drawings and mixed-media works by Catherine Downing, Nancy Steele-Makasci and Tawni Shuler. The pieces in this exhibition are intended to reveal “black” in all its variety, from dense, rich, impenetrable blacks to smoky, hazy, delicate grays. Even though black is often interpreted in a negative sense referring to death, evil or destruction, in this exhibition, powerful and intense black will be a place of solace and rest in a sometimes tumultuous and transitory world. Black then becomes a metaphor for a certain kind of experience in the world.
The artists state, “No matter what we do or whom we meet, we all leave behind an imprint. This imprint leaves a faint impression in each of us — emotionally, physically or spiritually — long after we are done. Black and its values can function in this way: a residue of something past, a memory in a lost shadow.”
“The range of emotion, quality of line and mark-making in this exhibition truly communicate the breadth of the metaphor that the artists have intended,” said Lynnette Hiskey, Director of Utah Arts & Museums.
The Rio and Alice galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue. For more information on exhibition and other program opportunities, visit visualartsutah.org.