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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Exhibit: Stephanie Leitch: Untitled Apogee @ Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (SLC: Dec 6 - Feb 22)

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November 12, 2013

UMOCA Presents Stephanie Leitch: Untitled Apogee
Show Runs December 6 – February 22, 2014
Opening Reception December 6th from 6 to 9 PM

Salt Lake City, UT ­– Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is pleased to present Untitled Apogee, a site-specific installation by Utah artist Stephanie Leitch. 

Using fabric, string and video projections, Leitch creates an inverted topography that correlates to the 617 steeples of LDS chapels and temples within a defined boundary of the Salt Lake Valley. Drawing on the architecture of church spires, this installation explores the space between construction and gravity as way to reconsider the heavenward thrust of the traditional steeple form.  

Untitled Apogee is part of a series that seeks to exploit the aesthetic value of images, architecture, and realities in the local dominant culture of Salt Lake City.  Influenced by the great quantity of church spires penetrating the air throughout the Salt Lake Valley, Leitch observed higher densities occurring in the cell-like aggregations of newer neighborhoods, anchored as they are by the nuclei of white spires. Using information derived from Google Maps, Leitch marks the precise location of 617 steeples of LDS chapels and temples located in the Salt Lake Valley with strands of string. She then extends and amplifies these points to ultimately create an inverted topography that negotiates the interaction of cultural landscape and geography. By reversing the upward thrust of the steeple form and anchoring the heavens to the weight of the earth, Leitch’s installation reveals the tension and pull between the ground plane and its limits.

“Stephanie Leitch’s formal considerations for framing the shape emerged from the steeple points and their density in a proportional relationship to the gallery itself,” states Associate Curator Rebecca Maksym. “Her installation focuses on the bowl form of the Salt Lake Valley, making a conscious decision to stop at the point of the mountain before Utah Valley at the south and Ogden at the north. Untitled Apogee reimagines the perimeter of the Salt Lake Valley, a boundary that is significant in a psycho-geographical sense of how culture and individuals are shaped by their physical environments.” 

About the Artist
Stephanie Leitch (b. Salt Lake City 1982) received her BFA in Intermedia Sculpture from the University of Utah in 2006 and has had several exhibitions including: Untitled Congregation at Nox Contemporary, Salt Lake City (2013); Untitled Edifice at CUAC, Ephraim (2012); West of Center at Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles (2011); and Oh So Material at GARFO Art Center, Salt Lake City (2010). Leitch has also completed a residency at TRASA Urban Arts Collective, Salt Lake City (2008) and has worked on numerous collaborations including The Earth is a Secret Knot, Pickle Company, Salt Lake City (2009); Hidden Hollow, Sugarhouse (2009); and On the Tip with Brandy Gunnell at nobrow Coffee and Tea, Salt Lake City (2007). Leitch will also have a solo show opening May 3, 2014 in the Gallery at Library Square, Salt Lake City.

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, 2012 and 2013 and is a four-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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