December 20, 2014
Suzan Woodruff and Tom Martinelli
Art LTD, 12/20/2014
Drew Lenihan


Suzan Woodruff and Tom Martinelli
Art LTD, 12/20/2014
Drew Lenihan

In “Cracks in the Light” Suzan Woodruff explores ephemeral abstraction with aqueous shape and color. This work is evocative of dye dripping into water, ocean water receding from the shore or the view from a telescope towards distant galaxies. The paintings constantly morph and erupt in transient movement. Paticularly effective are those that are finished with a polymer varnish that intensify the frozen nature and fleeting moments of Woodruff’s dreams or cosmic landscapes.

Tom Martinelli’s process-based “Vertical Stripe Paintings” date from the early 1990s. The artist used gravity to create a dynamic minimalism that is reminiscent of barcodes, sandblasted walls and snapshots of everyday life. Upon closer inspection, the textured work reveals the intricacies of pigment and the artist’s true intention: to understand how gradient is created through a natural process of dripping down a painting, losing more and more pigment as it travels towards the bottom of the canvas.

The two shows meditate on the journey pigment takes on a canvas, how it may be contained, the parameters and stipulations of the medium and ultimately how the viewer interprets these paintings for themselves; contained like these pigments in their consciousness, both real and imaginary.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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