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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

News: UMOCA Installs Gromek Sculpture in Outdoor Retailer Convention

UMOCA Installs Gromek Sculpture in Outdoor Retailer Convention

Salt Lake City - Utah Museum of Contemporary Art extends their presentation of local artist Venessa Gromek’s exhibit “The Sublime Is Light and Easy-To-Assemble” to the bustling floor of the Salt Palace Convention Center during this winter’s Outdoor Retailer trade show Tuesday, January 22nd.

“Outdoor recreation is emotionally rewarding and seems to be the binding fiber shared between all Utahns,” explains UMOCA’s Senior Curator Aaron Moulton, “For local artist Venessa Gromek, it’s the intersecting ideas from the outdoor industry and the tradition of modernism and sublime that informs her tent-like structures.”  

The sculptures resemble tents but with the function removed, allowing the focus to be on form and the boundaries of materials. Gromek describes her tents as an example of how tent design has turned to more complex forms to make searching out the sublime in landscape easier.

UMOCA’s presentation of Venessa Gromek, “The Light is Sublime and Easy-To-Assemble” runs until April 20th, 2013. Gromek will be hosting a Q&A tonight, January 25th in UMOCA’s auditorium at 7PM.

The award-winning Utah Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits groundbreaking artwork by local, national, and international artists. Four gallery spaces provide an opportunity for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape through UMOCA’s exhibitions, films, events, classes, and presentations.

Founded in 1931, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011 and 2012 and is a four-time  recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Located at 20 S. West Temple; open Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. For more information call (801) 328-4201 or visit www.utahmoca.org.


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