October 15 - November 12
Also in the Main Gallery
Oonju Chun was born and raised in South Korea. At age 15 she moved to the United States to live with her older sister and attend high school. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Utah in 1981, then spent several years in San Francisco before returning to Salt Lake City nearly 15 years ago. Her large abstract expressionist paintings delightfully immerse one in the basics of robust, nonobjective communication. With a vaguely Eastern sensibility her sophisticated gestures energetically convey a sense of balance and chaos.
Growing up in Southern California, BYU professor and mixed-media painter Joe Ostraff found himself influenced by the surrounding arts culture. He came to Utah to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brigham Young University and later went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington.
“I see everything I do as part of a larger fabric which perpetually connects me to others. Specific to the paintings included in this exhibition are memories of growing up in Laguna Beach through the Vietnam War Era, several visits to the Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada, and a walk through the Lincoln Park Arboretum, Seattle.”
Waldo Midgley (1888-1986) had a long and productive career which began in Utah.
In 1907 he left for New York City where his work would be profoundly influenced by the emerging Ashcan school under the direction of Robert Henri. Henri’s philosophy of immersing oneself in the city and painting the raw material of urban America would remain a pervasive force throughout Midgley’s life. Under his creative genius the subject matter of the Ashcan group, the city with its teeming inhabitants and ever climbing skyscrapers, its moments of work and play, are rendered in an exuberant and joyous manner. This unique style is expressive not only of the energy and spontaneity of urban America but is also expressive of Waldo Midgley’s kind and generous nature and his love of life. It is truly an honor to present this historically important and inspiring artist.
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