For Immediate Release
November 29, 2011
From: UAA Gallery Director, Kent Rigby, (801) 870-2069
The Utah Arts Alliance Announces an Exhibit of Fine Art by:
Brittney Johnson and Blake Palmer
December 2 through December 31, 2011.
Opening Reception: Friday December 2, 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: 127 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, Noon – 8 p.m.
The Utah Arts Alliance Gallery, 127 S. Main St., is pleased to present an exhibit of original two and three dimensional fine art by local artists Brittney Johnson and Blake Palmer. A public reception will be held on Friday December 2nd from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Utah Arts Alliance Gallery, where the artists will be available to answer questions about their art. The exhibit will be on display from December 2nd through December 31st, 2011.
Brittney Johnson is 28 years old, born and raised in Salt Lake City, and is currently attending the University of Utah as a sculpture major. Brittney loves art in all its forms and has been drawing since childhood. “I can’t really describe when the urge to draw took hold, maybe it was when I was a child; grubby, little hands, grasping that extra large, orange crayon with little dexterity and control, but determined to make this picture the best thing anyone had ever seen. Or making paper plate masks and running around with a blanket, pretending to be a scary monster. Perhaps that and the love of cartoons and horror movies is what brought me to where I am now. My work doesn’t follow a consistent line as far as materials. Anything and everything can be a part of what I do, from wood to metal to plastics, from raw hide to fuzzy, yellow faux fur. The work focuses on thought and the imagination. It’s a lot like having a scanner hooked to your brain and whatever creature rears its head is copied out. The work ranges from the serious and perhaps a little scary, to more whimsical work that makes people smile and feel like a kid again when they look at it.”
Blake Palmer was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and graduated from Fullerton College with a degree in graphic design and illustration. Palmer currently resides in northern Utah where he works full-time as a graphic designer. Palmer is a man of many talents: painter, illustrator, photographer, metal sculptor, craftsman and clothing designer. Palmer’s work is heavily influenced by graphic arts and print media and he enjoys using different and diverse mediums including, acrylic paints, vintage wallpaper, wax, fabric, metal, Xerox transfers, charcoal, pencil, chalk, and whatever else he can get his hands on.
“I like using a layering process in my art. My work has a graphic feel to it. I try to use elements I have learned from working in a print shop: building with layers, transparencies, etc. My main subject matter is women and most of the images are a see-through silhouette. I use a lot of different techniques in my art and it is a long process of reacting to what I am creating in the moment.”
The Utah Arts Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization.
Our mission is to foster the arts in its many forms, to provide venues to facilitate the arts, to provide programming and support for arts and education, to provide a central organization committed to networking and support of Utah’s non-profit arts and educational groups and to provide support and services to Utah’s artists and students.
Derek Dyer - Executive Director; Kent Rigby - Gallery Director.