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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Megan Geckler: No chance to move backwards and see @ UMOCA (Salt Lake City, November 5-Feb 3)

UMOCA Presents Megan Geckler: No chance to move backwards and see
Nov. 5, 2012-Feb. 23, 2013

Salt Lake City – Megan Geckler creates site-specific installations using brightly colored construction flagging tape, mathematical calculations, and color theory. Geckler’s installation at UMOCA, No chance to move backwards and see, transforms the gallery space, inviting the viewer to take an exploratory journey through polychromatic examples of architecture, design, sculpture, and painting.
Drawing from geometric illusionism and principles of design, No chance to move backwards and see presents woven wall murals, a custom sculptural extension of architectural elements, several modular sculptural works, and nine tape ‘paintings’ that offer a Joseph Albers-esque color study of the colors of the installation.
"Megan Geckler's installations are optically and physically engaging,” said Micol Hebron, curator of the exhibition. “They utilize each specific site as the springboard for a one-of-a kind experience.”
Geckler’s installation incorporates the gallery walls and spaces to create optically dazzling, geometric forms and patterns in blue, orange, green, and yellow. Carefully designed to continue and echo the dynamic forms of her successive flagging tape configurations, the sightlines from each entrance to the gallery yield a different experience of the layered colors and patterns therein.
“We are very excited to be able to showcase this new work by Megan Geckler, who is fresh off of exhibitions at PØST Gallery and the Wexner Center for the Arts,” said Adam Price, executive director at UMOCA. “Utah audiences have rarely had an opportunity to see site-specific installations of the kind created by Geckler, and we hope that they will be excited by the ways in which Geckler engages with, and transforms, the gallery space here at UMOCA.”
The opening of Megan Geckler’s No chance to move backwards and see will occur during UMOCA’s monthly First Friday series on Nov. 2, 8-10 p.m., with DJ Jesse Walker, food, and a cash bar.
About the artist
Megan Geckler is an installation artist based in Los Angeles. A one-time math buff and aspiring neurosurgeon, Geckler found her calling in art school instead and received her MFA from Claremont University in 2001. She is inspired by Op-Art, Minimalism, and the Light and Space movement of the 1970’s. Geckler creates works for both commercial (Target; Nike; Urban Outfitters) as well as artistic institutions (The Wexner Center; Pasadena Museum of California Art; Torrance Art Museum).
The award-winning Utah Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits groundbreaking artwork by local, national, and international artists. Five gallery spaces provide an opportunity for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape through UMOCA’s exhibitions, films, events, classes, and presentations.

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