What do you expect when looking at a piece of art? A pretty picture? A moment in time, captured in print? Nature’s beauty, frozen forever in bronze?
(Photo courtesy of Cat Palmer Photography )
Up now and running through the end of February, there are also at least two exhibitions downtown Ogden dealing with environmental themes. We have curated a show by Paul Crow, a photography professor at Weber State, whose body of work entitled On Ice is installed at the Weber Center (2380 Washington Blvd). This series of seemingly monochrome photographs and accompanying text are meant to raise consciousness about Climate Change. It’s a quiet, contemplative, yet hauntingly beautiful show.
At the Myra Powell Gallery, (a gem of a gallery space located on the upper floor of Union Station), Caril Jennings’ Universe City Lives project has produced Basin and Range VIII: WATER • AIR • EARTH exhibition. This iteration, featuring paintings by Lee Jennings and photography by Thomas Bunn, is meant to provoke thought about the delicate ecosystem we inhabit, and how our daily presence and actions affect it. In addition to the paintings and photos, there is an info board posing questions such as “Do you stand for the land we hold in common?” This massive exhibit also runs through the end of February, and will hold extended hours for First Friday.
On a lighter note, opening for First Friday Art Stroll, (Feb. 2, 6-9pm), another WSU professor, Molly Morin’s exhibition “Flying Machines” will open at Office Evolution (221 25th St). The pieces on display pay homage to the great artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, but use 21st-century artist tools like algorithms and plotters. The artist says “the work is a reflection on human curiosity and its implications for art, science, nature and technology”.
(“Field: Variant 2” by Molly Morin. Image courtesy the artist)
Whatever art you like, chances are Ogden has what you’re looking for. ArtStroll has grown considerably in the last couple years, so bundle up, leave early, and get out and see some art. And let us know in the comments below which exhibit(s) you liked and why!