Art Happenings: Round-Up for March 27-31

By Adele Flail

This week is a little light, but check back later in the week, as I’ll be rolling out some new posts, and there are some events next week that I think you’ll find very exciting…

Tuesday March 27

trent plasticIf you like your art mixed with activism, you’ll want to head over to the reception for The Plastic Propaganda Poster Project, a collection of art in printed propaganda-poster format. This show encompasses the contributions of artists international, national and local. Some of the local artists whose work you may be familiar with are Trent AlveyJohn BellClaire TaylorJohn SproulEmily PleweJosh Winegar and Brian Taylor. The collection of posters. The show represents the myriad responses to, as well as a discussion of, the various negative effects our use of plastic has on the environment and on our bodies. After the reception, there will be a screening of the Bag It documentary, chronicling how we use plastic in our daily life and where it goes when we’re done with it.
Nightingale HallWestminster College, 1840 South 1300 East, 6-8PM.

Friday March 30

The national conference for the Artist, Interrupted: A Women’s Art Collective is wrapping up this week. If you’re not familiar with this group, their raison d’être is simple: “An ‘artist, interrupted’ is a woman who has placed her art on hold from five minutes to fifty years, in order to support family needs, career changes, relocation, or just life in general…because sometimes, life just happens.” This year’s conference features a corresponding visual art show Exchanged Letters. In this show 26 women artists were given a letter of the alphabet as the starting place for their work, and created multiples of their work to exchange with other participating artists. Friday is the last day you can see the individual pieces as well as a hand bound book that documents the exchange.
Ink Run Press, 387 1st Ave.

mar26 umfa imgAfter stopping by Ink Run Press on Friday, you’ll want to head up to the U for the UMFA’s Visiting Artist Talk: A Conversation with Daniel Everett. The UMFA’s salt series and accompanying talks are aimed at bringing socially-relevant contemporary art from around the world to Utah; Daniel Everett’s work is not only known internationally, but he happens to be an artist will roots in the local community, gaining his BFA from Brigham Young University in 2006 and currently teaching as an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at BYU. The salt 5: Daniel Everett show at the UMFA will include photographic prints, mixed-media installations, and two video pieces. Modernist architecture and current technology often provides the starting point for exploration in Everett’s work; in this show, Everett highlights some of the ubiquitous “monuments” of the modern day, the security booths that can be comforting or unnerving, making us feel secure or simply surveilled—either way, they are watching… and now you can, too: after the opening this Friday, the show itself will run until the end of July.

UMFA, 410 Campus Center Drive, 7PM.

This article was originally published on March 26, 2012.