Welcome to Gallery Roll—CATALYST’s bike-focused guide to Gallery Stroll, helping you spare your feet—and avoid the nightmare of downtown parking—while getting your art fix. Pump up your tires, tighten your dork-straps, and get ready to roll at 6 this Friday night. This week features a loop trip with a southern excursion out of the main downtown cluster; itinerary after the jump.
Gallery Roll’s proposed route is here and, obviously, here:
1. Even if you decide to skip the rest of Gallery Stroll, you’ll still be able to see the Salt Lake sights at our first stop. Williams Fine Art (200 East South Temple) is featuring urban-themed oil paintings in the tradition of the Ashcan School, with canvases by local artists Angela Woods, Richard Hull, and Nick Rees among others— you’ll be able to find a mixture of Salt Lake’s beloved landmarks as well as aesthetically under-appreciated back alleys. For art viewers, the wilds of Utah might be more familiar fare— check out Rees ‘s“squeezealism” (no seriously—follow the link, you won’t be disappointed!)— but the images, from the realistic to the more whimsically colorful will help you appreciate the loved and not-so-loved urban spaces of your city like never before—especially as you breeze past them on your bike as you head off to our other stops.
2. Make your way over to North Temple, and roll on down to the Mestizo Institute of Cultural Arts (631 West North Temple) for Justin Johnson and friends’ graffiti-influenced show Ez Come, Ez go: Growing Up Through Graffiti chronicling the transformation from angry young punk rockers to active, contributing members in society striving to make a positive difference.
5. Finally, book it north to the Utah Arts Alliance Gallery (127 South Main Street) where you’ll find David Borba‘s Interactive Vintage-Inspired Folk Art Exhibit and opening reception. Borba uses acrylic, paper, metal, fabric, as well as hand-carving wood to create his folk-art, vintage-inspired pieces. And the art is meant to be experienced rather than simply seen: his interactive sculptures can be activated by gallery-goers with simple motions and mechanisms— a fun change from your stuffier “don’t touch the art” shows.