Out of Line: Geometric Explorations in Utah exhibition explores the colliding influences of multiple national and international art movements on Utah artists in the late 20th century. Many of the works in this exhibition can be described by or fit into one or more artistic periods, including: geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, formalism, color field painting, modernism, and others. The result is an exhibition that gives audiences the opportunity to explore what these artistic movements mean when the delineations between them become muddled, and when an artist’s body of work evolves over time to combine these interconnected aesthetics.
Included in Out of Line are works that explore the interplay between abstraction and iconography, formalist and symbolic geometry, and expressive abstraction and rigid structure. In some cases, sparse but calculated compositions balance simple geometric shapes with repeating patterns or saturated backgrounds. In other works, the emotive and loose structure of expressionism meets playful color palettes and clearly emerging repetitions which call upon the traditions of modernism and abstraction simultaneously. What emerges is a collection of works which represent Utah artists fusing together the vocabulary of multiple influences during the same period, to create an intriguing genre of art which addresses completing ideologies and principles of art concurrently.
Out of Line incorporates the work of many prominent artists, including Karl Momen, Edie Roberson, Bonnie Phillips, Wulf Barsch, Susan Carroll, and Wayne Kimball. It represents a selection from the State of Utah’s Fine Art Collection, which began in 1899, and works to support the careers of Utah artists today.
The exhibit will be on display at the library in the Children’s Wing through Saturday, December 17.
The Traveling Exhibition Program is a statewide outreach service of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums which provides public access to quality visual art, nurtures the understanding of diverse art forms and culture,s and promotes creativity while encouraging cultural activities in local communities. For more information, visit arts.utah.gov. The Traveling Exhibit Program is funded by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.