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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Onomatopoeia Exhibit by Constant Dullaart @ UMOCA (SLC: March 2 - May 4)

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art Announces:
Opening March 2, 2012 with a First Friday celebration

Contact: Emily Brunt | emily.brunt@utahmoca.org | 801.328.4201 x 115
(Starting March 1, contact Danica Farley at danica.farley@utahmoca.org)
www.utahmoca.org | 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Tue-Thu & Sat 11 AM – 6 PM, Fri 11 AM – 9 PM
For Immediate Release: February 27, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY, UT –  Utah Museum of Contemporary Art announces Onomatopoeia by Constant Dullaart, opening March 2 at UMOCA with a First Friday celebration and closing May 4. 

Dutch artist Constant Dullaart wrestles within the delicate space between analog and digital. He makes works that reconcile ways to demystify technology by trying to physically enter it. “Onomatopoeia” is an exhibition of video works where form mimics function and meaning becomes the action itself. In the works on display we see the magical non-spaces of the internet, the standby droll before pressing play and the commonalities of our collective memories each deceptively occupied and turned into a performative zone. The work YouTube on the Floor II (2012) has been made for the occasion of this exhibition.

“Dullaart’s practice antagonizes the banalities of technology. We are left hypnotized again by things once familiar now turned awkwardly foreign,” says Aaron Moulton, Senior Curator of Exhibitions, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

Constant Dullaart (NL 1979), former resident of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, lives and works in Berlin. Originally trained as a video artist, he recently started focusing on visualizing internet grammar and software dialects. By editing online forms of presentations and by re-contextualizing 'found' material he creates installations, perfomances, prints, videos, websites and blog postings. In recent years works have received both critical acclaim as well as large scale attention on the internet, where many of the works can still be easily found. His work is discussed widely in publications both offline and online, and has been shown internationally at venues such as the MassMOCA, and the New Museum in New York, Autocenter and Grimmuseum in Berlin, de Appel, W139, and the Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands. Dullaart curated several international exhibitions, and is a frequent lecturer at many institutions and universities. He recently co-founded an internet art documenting initiative, http://net.artdatabase.org.

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly Salt Lake Art Center) was recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011.  Founded in 1931 and now located in the heart of Salt Lake City, UMOCA exhibits groundbreaking work by leading local and international artists. UMOCA is currently exhibiting 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier.  Coming up in June is Play Me I’m Yours, inviting the people of Salt Lake to show off their piano skills on street corners all over Salt Lake.  Recent exhibitions include Kim Schoenstadt, winner of the 2011 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting; Fallen Fruit of Utah, a state-wide collaboration with museums and individuals about the role of fruit in Utah’s history, led by artist collective Fallen Fruit; Lawn Gnomes Eat Your Hearts Out, a community public sculpture initiative designed to move the very best in contemporary art outside the four walls of the gallery and into places where people work, live, and play; Robert Fontenot’s The Place This Is, a conceptual exploration of the stories and histories of Utah and America through materials commonly associated with the domestic realm; and Contemporary Masters: Artist-Designed Miniature  Golf.  UMOCA rounds out its offerings with a lively mix of award-winning educational programs, film screenings, panel discussions, and events celebrating Salt Lake’s vibrant local art scene. UMOCA is located at 20 S. West Temple, just off the intersection with South Temple. Admission is free year-round. Business hours are Tuesday-Thursday: 11 am - 6 pm; Friday: 11 am - 9 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm; closed Sunday and Monday. For more information call (801) 328-4201 or visit www.utahmoca.org.


Emily Brunt
Director of Communications, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
801.328.4201 x115 | m: 801.232.7362 | emily.brunt@utahmoca.org  | www.utahmoca.org

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