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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September Gallery Stroll @ Art Access

Art Access Gallery is Pleased to Present: Off the Map, a Group Exhibit
Finding a place to start is often the most difficult part of creating art, but we made it easy for these artists! In partnership with the Downtown Alliance, Art Access held a party for 23 artists at the Gallivan Center last spring. Each artist was given a dart and told to throw it at a map of downtown Salt Lake City that was mounted on a foam core board. The boundaries were set between 2nd Avenue and 700 South, and 600 East to 700 West.
Wherever the dart landed became the location for the artist's piece. They were asked to visit their chosen site and interpret it in their own style. Some artists chose to focus on the location itself or on a particular building, while others took details seen at the site and combined them into a larger piece. The mediums are varied and include watercolor, acrylic, oil, printmaking, digital, collage, and others.

Access II Gallery is Pleased to Present: Altered Photographs by Al Mecklenburg
Al Mecklenburg's altered photographs at first appear like watercolor paintings, but the photographer's images are what one would expect a photographer to create -- photographs. Altered through the process of "misprinting" and re-photographing those misprints, Mecklenburg's images evolve through iterations of this cycle.
More specifically, his art begins as a standard digital photo that is printed onto paper without much prior editing. But here is where the process takes a turn, inspired by a mishap that occurred in March 2011, when he inadvertently inserted the paper the wrong side up in the printer. Initially, Mecklenburg was horrified by his mistake, thinking he had damaged his printer, but upon inspecting the resulting image more closely, he began to see the potential in his mistake. The photographer describes his art a a sort of "after image...definitely not a photograph, a kind of painted look perhaps, something related but new that arose from the chemical morphing of inks responding in unintended ways."
An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 6 - 9 p.m. Both exhibits will hang through Friday, October 12. For more information, please contact Sheryl GIllilan at 801-328-0703, option 3, or sheryl@accessart.org.

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