The Rest (shhh...under Bodega on Main St in Salt Lake) threw one hell of a Hitchcock themed party last night. Luckly David Newkirk was there with his keen photographic eye. And yes, it got pretty wild thanks to Rest resident DJ James Ramirez who kept the vibe alive all night. Click the photos for more babes, blood and birds.
Kind, kind words from the reviewer Kamryn Feigel who attended the straightforward warehouse party Untitled last Friday writing for Slug Magazine. And speaking of local magazines, the new Revolv has been floating around and it's a great read. I love the feel, minimal design and photography throughout. Particularly enjoyed the article about the Violin Making School of America and the features on treasured artists Jann Haworth and Benjamin Wiemeyer. It's the new Salt Lake City in a woodsy Fall nutshell.
*Photo from Revolv distributor C.G. Sparks.
Photos from a surreal 30th birthday party and dinner last Saturday for my friend Kim. As predictable as they are, we sometimes forget how amazing the Salt Flats really are.
Last Sunday a ragtag group of friends took a long overdue trip to the Spiral Jetty about 2hrs North/West of Salt Lake and it was a magically surreal day. The Jetty is arguably one of the most imporant sculptural works in America. Thanks to our host Adam Bateman, curator and board member at CUAC Gallery we got a nice amount of background on the work by Robert Smithson.
Robert Smithson's monumental earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970) is located on the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Using black basalt rocks and earth from the site, the artist created a coil 1,500 feet long and 15 feet wide that stretches out counter-clockwise into the translucent red water. Spiral Jetty was acquired by Dia Art Foundation as a gift from the Estate of the artist in 1999.
On the way there we stopped by the Golden Spike National Historic Site and on the way back the ATK defense contractor and their strange missile boneyard/playground. The overcast day leant itself nicely to the alien nature of all of this as you can imagine. Well, you'll see below. (Also up at my Flickr).
It's been a nice pause between PechaKucha nights here in SLC. So I was happy to hear it's the lead into Design Week 2013 on October 14th. Get your tickets before they sell out (they will) and hit some of the amazing events Design Week has lined up for you.
The week culminates in a site-specific fashion show under a freeway overpass in the Granary District including a runway designed by thte Architecture seniors at the U of U featuring the men's fashion line Jugar. And then a cocktail party at Atlas Architects / Nobrow Coffee.
Connect... and participate!
Can I just tell you how very warm I was? Definitely need to work on finding breathable fabrics for those flashy Summer DJ gigs. I had a fantastic time though... and LOVED seeing all you guys out there in the crowd. Thanks so much for the early support!
Here's a video someone took of Empire of the Sun in action...
Salt Lake Electric Ensemble (SLEE) raised a few eyebrows playing Exchange Place this afternoon for the Brown Bag Concert Series. Happy I got to hear their cinematic, minimal, drone compositions after hearing about them for a while now. Best part was one of the members kid's dancing around the stage without a care in the world.
Tickets go on Sale September 1st for Art Meets Fashion (AMF), A special event created by Aperture Marketing featuring the best of Local Art, Local Fashion and benefiting Local Causes.
FRIDAY October 11th: Boutique shows, private dining event and fine art preview.
SATURDAY October 12th: Designer Shows, Art Gallery and Masquerade Ball.
I am posing as an imaginary cult leader in front of the copper/steel sculpture we commissioned for NOW's first performance. Some how it all comes together.
*Hair by Melinda at High Life salon.
Thought I'd share these photos from a trip last weekend with good buddies to Victor, Idaho with side trips to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Teton National Park. Our friend Dan is gettin' hitched so we spent some time making him King of the hills at this luxurious million dollar cabin on a golf course near Driggs. Having grown up in the area it was very nice to be back, to get my hands and feet dirty and just play in the woods. We even stopped by my step dads gun store in Idaho Falls on the way back! The trip was beyond needed and a magical experience for me and the guys. A cherry on top of a year of highlights. (Photos after the break)
An exploration of the most public of private rituals.
Tickets going fast - purchase at now-id.com/buy-tickets/
The performance will explore the space of ritual, and will be staged July 26 and 27 in the historic Salt Lake City Masonic Temple. The Wedding will showcase the talents of Joffrey Ballet’s Yumelia Garcia, Ballet West’s Katherine Lawrence, Ted Johnson, NY based dancer most recently seen in “Sleep No More” and Ririe Woodbury’s Joseph Blake, with composers contributing from Australia and Denmark, along with local artists Gary Vlasic, Jesse Walker, Jan Andrews and many more. The performance is a collaborative and context-driven work where the artists and site itself generate many of the fundamental ideas for the project. All together the various elements will combine to create a highly charged, intellectually and emotionally provocative experience.
Dates: July 26th and 27th, 2013
Location: The Masonic Temple, 650 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Tickets are now available here:
The wicked talented doll maker Marina Bychkova, author of Enchanted Doll (now in it's 4th edition) is on a short US tour and stopping through SLC for a free show at Night Flight Comics this week. Visit her website and Instagram to get a feel for her world. (Thank for the tip Andrew!)
Tuesday, May 14
Salt Lake City
Night Flight Comics
Among the three or four city guides that hit the
streets of Salt Lake last week was this Downtown, The Magazine from the Downtown Alliance. It sure was nice of them to put me in there with five diverse and devoted citizens who love this strange place. I might argue being well past my prime as an aged hipster but then again, I did get carded yesterday at the wine store. So life isn't that bad after all.
Read more about the project and download the magazine pdf here. Thanks to author Melissa Fields, photographer Brent Rowland and my head cheerleader Michelle Church. Also the full shoot with Brent and the others is at brentrowland.tumblr.com. He has a great eye for candid portraits and is an all around sold guy.
Dear Friends and Supporters of NCM. This next project is very important to me. It is with great excitment and love that I present the following...
This is NOW: a brand-new interdisciplinary dance and arts company by internationally renowned choreographer, Charlotte Boye-Christensen and Canadian Architect, Nathan Webster.
A Danish choreographer and dancer based in Salt Lake City, Boye-Christensen is creating a company that is internationally positioned and connected while at the same time reflecting the unique beauty and culture of its base. “We are eager to bring eyes and talents of the world to Salt Lake City, and a Salt Lake City perspective to the world,” she says. Boye-Christensen, who recently stepped down after 11 years as Artistic Director of Utah’s Ririe-Woodbury dance company, is excited to step forward and expand her unique vision in both the international and local landscapes. She is also excited to venture into an increasingly contemporary and experimental path. “The company is titled NOW - The name functions as mission statement and mantra that reflects the company’s commitment to constant renewal and leaning into the present. We have a dynamic Board of collaborators, who are crucial in moving this company forward." Current Board Members include: Gary Vlasic, Jesse Walker, Cody Derrick, Amie Tulius, Kay Cummings, Robert Wood and Scott Hinton.
The company is a framework for collaboration between local and international artists, designers and thinkers. In addition to dance, NOW will advance theater, visual art, music, site specific work and design.
Boye-Christensen is committed to an innovative approach to her work, which includes the invention of unique forms that inspire and push the perception of what dance can be. Central in this commitment is her partnership with artist and architect Nathan Webster. The two have partnered on several successful experimental collaborations in the past, and Webster – who is a co-founder of NOW – is a key figure in NOW’s inaugural project, which will be titled:
The performance will explore the space of ritual, and will be staged July 26 and 27 in the historic Salt Lake City Masonic Temple.
The Wedding will showcase the talents of Joffrey Ballet’s Yumelia Garcia, Ballet West's Katherine Lawrence, Ted Johnson, NY based dancer most recently seen in "Sleep No More" and Ririe Woodbury’s Joseph Blake, with composers contributing from Australia and Denmark, along with local artists Gary Vlasic, Jesse Walker, and many more. The performance is a collaborative and context-driven work where the artists and site itself generate many of the fundamental ideas for the project. All together the various elements will combine to create a highly charged, intellectually and emotionally provocative experience.
About The Wedding: (It will not be a white wedding.)
The Wedding is a mixed media dance performance in which we will explore the space of ritual in three tableaus: Preparation, Fire/Threshold and Transformation.
The Wedding is a collaborative and context-driven work where both artists and site generate the fundamental ideas for the project. The work will juxtapose the contemporary with the historic - It will be staged in the domed theater-in-the-round at Salt Lake City's Masonic Temple.
The Wedding performance will be both personal and public. It will be topical and evocative on both local and (inter)national levels.
Together, the various elements combine to create a highly moving visceral, intellectual and emotional experience.
Company/Project Collaborators: A primary objective of this exciting new company is to conspire with local and international artists from a variety of creative disciplines. The collaborators involved in The Wedding are listed at our Kickstarter. But note that most of these people are hard to label succinctly! Please see their full bios and more at www.now-id.com
When and where is the Wedding? The performance takes place July 26 and 27, 2013 at the historic Salt Lake City Masonic Temple at 650 East South Temple, in the grand auditorium's theater-in-the-round. The evening length performance starts at 7:30PM.
Why should I support this project? As a local in Salt Lake City, you get to experience new dancers and musicians, and see what happens when we bring formidable artists from abroad together with some of our best. This will be a topical, cultural exchange... for both artists and audience, and we believe this project will create waves outside of Utah. Not many people know how interesting and diverse Salt Lake City is. We are aiming high in our goal to share this with the world and invite you to do the same!
Where does my money go? Your money goes directly to pay the artists and for equipment associated with this production. We intend to pay all the creative and technical artists and crew fairly; We need a temporary floor, lighting and sound equipment to transform the historic Masonic auditorium into a professional dance venue; We must also rent the space, create the costumes, etc.
Note that the funds we state as our goal are a minimum to make this amazing and ambitious project happen. Any additional funds beyond that goal will allow us to make the project even better.
As we launch this new and ambitious endeavor, we ask for your support. Your donation is a declaration that you believe in innovative contemporary art, performance, and dance. If you know the work of our founders and collaborators, you know the amazing potential of this company. We are eager to bring the eyes and talents of the world to Salt Lake City, and a Salt Lake City perspective to the world.
We have a resourceful and engaged group of board member/collaborators ready to take us to the next level. The success of this project on Kickstarter is really what will make this important international collaboration happen.
There are some amazing rewards for each level of support. Find the one that excites you the most and jump on board NOW! Even donations as small as $15 help.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help us spread the word!!! Social media and word of mouth is key to bringing awareness to NOW. Tell everyone you know about The Wedding.
How can you contact NOW? Press inquiry's and general inquiries may reach us directly at email@example.com. We check this quite often and will get back to you. We promise.