Hannah McBeth

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Andrew Alba Paints from the Gut in “American Soup”

If you’re being followed or navigating a dangerous place, your natural defense mechanisms activate and start tuning. These mechanisms are buried in our mind and body, just as they are in any other domesticated animal. Colors get brighter, movements slow down, and you can shift from terror to fighting mode in a fraction of a second. This is the realm of instinct, where your gut determines if you’re going to run or throw punches — and where painter Andrew Alba reports from, depicting the intense side of Utah in works like “Stray Pregnant Dog in Glendale,” “Running,” or “Rose Park Pozole.” In his latest show, American Soup at Modern West Fine Art, Alba weaves bright red paint, aggressive lines and the symbolism of half-feral animals to depict a world of migrants, laborers, worried women, fighters and other members of marginalized communities.

The Virtual 12th Annual Craft Lake City Stewards Creative, Local Business in Salt Lake

In 2009, the first Craft Lake City DIY Festival launched with the mission to educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art. Craft Lake City does this by showcasing locals with exceptional technical skill and promoting regional spending through creative commerce in Utah. Eleven years later, craft fairs and farmers’ markets are now as “Salt Lake City” as mountain views...

Outrage as Righteousness in Andrew Alba's Show Everyone Sucios – SLUG Magazine

2020 has been one of the most widespread experiences of shared trauma in living memory. Every community has experienced a portion of the anxiety and pain, but not equally. The shared experience of the pandemic and recession has given people and institutions long segregated into comfortably distinct worlds a common denominator—and it’s forcing us to witness the impact of disasters on poor communities, especially those of color.

Levi Jackson Explores Illusions in the Promised Land – SLUG Magazine

Gritty, dark and suffused with a subtle, surreal humor, Levi Jackson’s photographs play on the illusions operating in the Western American landscape and culture. From a black-and-white image of the ground stamped with the phrase “My Name Is Mud” (Untitled, 2014) to a series of photos featuring livestock decoys and other objects wrapped in fabric (including Ms. September, 2014 and Hey, Pilgrim, 2019), Jackson isn’t shy to intrigue viewers with simple but perplexing combinations of objects and med

Virtual Public Art Tours During Social Distancing – SLUG Magazine

With the disruption to everyday routine caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the heavy-heartedness we feel at the loss of our everyday lifestyles, we have to look for ways to work against the coronavirus blues. Looking at an interesting piece of art or talking to a neighbor is a good place to start, according to Kat Nix, Public Art Program Manager at the Salt Lake City Arts Council. The council provides funding and resources for community art projects. The organization is responding to the “St

Utah Premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s Adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Takes White Saviorism to Task – SLUG Magazine

Premiering at Salt Lake City’s Grand Theatre on March 26, the upcoming production of Oscar and Emmy winner Aaron Sorkin’s stage version of To Kill a Mockingbird is a happy ending to a long story of legal struggles to present the play to Utah audiences. The new version, currently running on Broadway, differs significantly from both the 1962 film and the 1990 stage version.

Lightscatter Press Launch Party @ The Mandate Press 02.28 – SLUG Magazine

On Friday, Feb. 28, literature lovers converged to celebrate the opening of the Lightscatter Press. The atmosphere was warm as incandescent bulbs glowed (the type that make millennial hipsters relax immediately like lizards under heat lamps) over Salt Lake art professionals bubbling in conversation. Lightscatter is an arthouse literary press that plans to publish one poetry manuscript per year. They are currently accepting poetry submissions for their first big project.

Galina Perova: A Tale of an Artist and Two Countries – Artists of Utah's 15 Bytes

“To be an artist, you have to work like a madman,” says Galina Perova, her voice tinged with an intensity that also radiates from her award-winning oil paintings, found in state government buildings, the homes of politicians and influential entrepreneurs, and the University of Utah Medical School. Perova paints in an unusually wide range of genres and with impressive technical skill — a testament to the unrelenting work ethic she’s cultivated since she was a child in the Soviet Union.

Singing with the Brine Shrimp’s World Premiere Is a Perfect Balance of Salty and Sweet – Artists of Utah's 15 Bytes

The world premiere of playwright Jenny Kokai’s and director Jason Bowcutt’s Singing to the Brine Shrimp (at Plan-B Theatre through February 23) gives the Salt Lake City public a funny and insightful look at belonging, culture shock, and silliness in the art world (for more about the play, see our preview here). The diverse and almost-all female cast and crew make refreshing decisions about the set, costume design, sound design, and acting.

To Marry or Not to Marry? “A Doll’s House, Part 2” at Salt Lake Acting Company – Artists of Utah's 15 Bytes

Politics and religion are topics to avoid during polite conversation, but today, most would also add marriage to the list. Before the middle of the last century, marriage was an assumed part of life after a certain age, but now, depending on your generation, there’s a broad spectrum of opinions on the matter. A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, a modern sequel to A Doll’s House by celebrated 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, explores multiple viewpoints on marriage through three female protagonists.

Sundance Film Review: Luxor – SLUG Magazine

The synopsis of Zeina Durra’s Luxor sounds more like a genre-typical travel romance than what’s delivered. Luxor is closer to a quiet, art-house character study. The protagonist, Hana (Andrea Riseborough), is a doctor on leave from treating Syrian war victims in a clinic on the Jordanian-Syrian border. After meeting locals she knew when she was younger and living in the city, she runs into a former flame, archeologist Sultan (Karim Saleh), and the romance starts up again.

Sundance Film Review: Ironbark – SLUG Magazine

The audience shifted nervously in their seats as mushroom clouds blossomed and Cold War events unfolded in Dominic Cooke’s Ironbark. Based on true events, it made its world premiere this week at Sundance 2020. Ironbark is the codename for historical Soviet agent Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze), one of the most prolific and important U.S. informants in history. Penkovsky passed over 5,000 photographs of classified military, political and economic documents to British and U.S. intelligence forces.

Quiet Moments in Mountain Dwellings: Carol O’Malia and Brad Overton at Julie Nester Gallery – Artists of Utah's 15 Bytes

From the mountain nest that is Park City, the snowy roads bustle with ski-racked SUVs. Since it sits on a higher plateau than the smoggy Salt Lake Valley, the air is clear and you can see the tree-lined ridges above — a wintery second home for many people who fill the area to recreate or attend Sundance this time of year. In Julie Nester Gallery, Carol O’Malia and Brad Overton are exhibiting large-scale, naturalistic oil paintings that speak to the easy comfort and tranquility of homey spaces.

From Desert to Ocean Crossings: Cody Chamberlain’s and Len Starbeck’s Intersections in Nature at the Park City Library – Artists of Utah's 15 Bytes

From the high deserts of Utah to the shores and redwood forests of the Pacific, the exhibit Intersections in Nature describes and investigates landscapes that have impacted artists and local residents Cody Chamberlain and Len Starbeck. Both artists use their histories of mixed outdoor employment to inform their selection of materials, the subjects they depict, and the way they progress from concept to finished piece. Together, the paintings and sculptures provide a balanced show that provides art and wilderness lovers a space to appreciate two different interpretations of outdoor sights and textures.

The Language of the Body Told Through Cinema's Frame: The Bi-Annual Screendance – SLUG Magazine

Scrunched into a cubicle, huddled on public transit or bending over an all-attention-consuming screen, our bodies frequently serve as forgotten vehicles or entry points into a virtual world often privileged over the physical. While sitting still is encouraged in our society, Ellen Bromberg, Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah School of Dance and Founding Director of the Modern Dance Graduate Certificate in Screendance, wants to challenge this normalized dynamic.
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