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Jorge Rojas: Material Witness @ Granary Arts
Ephraim-based Granary Arts (86 N. Main St.) features a mid-career exhibition of Utah artist Jorge Rojas in Hardware witness, spanning nearly 20 years. Until recently director of learning and engagement at the Art Museum of Utah, Rojas also spent several years in New York, including in the mid-1990s and early 2000s. he exhibition draws on the influence of those years, incorporating traditions such as minimalism and color fieldwork into its exploration of its own cultural history, including Mesoamerican art. The works include painting and sculpture (“Quantum Grid”, 2021, illustrated) and demonstrate Rojas’ large-scale use of any material that may be suitable for the project at the time. “I start a piece with a feeling rather than an idea,” says Rojas in his artist statement. “It is in the act of doing that meaning is revealed.

Hardware witness runs from May 25 to September 23 in conjunction with two other new exhibitions: chiasm, by Laura Sharp Wilson of Salt Lake City, taking up the biological concept of paired chromosomes in works that mix organic elements with recurring patterns; and Jane Roberts DeGroff Gifts from the Land of Sanpeterepresenting the Japanese dyeing tradition of shibori in a wall hanging depicting life in the Sanpete Valley. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Visit granaryarts.org for more information.

Jaclyn Wright - MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS OF UTAH

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Jaclyn Wright: High Visibility (Blaze Orange) @ Museum of Contemporary Art of Utah
In a multimedia exhibition currently on view at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (20 S. West Temple), artist Jaclyn Wright uses materials collected at shooting ranges on public lands, while exploring the intersection between photography and the reinforcement of land use concepts.

The title of the exhibition, High Visibility (Blaze Orange), comes from the bright color often used for clay pigeon shooting targets, employed because of their stark contrast to the blue sky; these fragments, along with items such as bullet casings, are part of the work (“Blaze Orange” is shown). Wright describes this juxtaposition of colors as representing greater tensions between “the natural/anthropogenic, visible/invisible, material/bureaucratic, cautious/reckless, and enduring/nihilistic”. The artist further explains in his artist statement that the existence of these recreational shooting ranges in the traditional home of the Goshute people is linked to aspects of colonial mentality and western mythology/psychology. American, including notions of “robust individualism, and American exceptionalism, which perpetuate colonial ideologies and undermine the goals of egalitarianism and environmentalism.”

High Visibility (Blaze Orange) runs through June 18, with gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and general admission for a suggested donation of $8. Visit utahmoca.org for more information.

Eric Fairclough - FINCH LANE GALLERY

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Eric Fairclough: Mechanics of Memory @ Finch Lane Gallery
“I’ve always been captivated by geometric patterns,” says Salt Lake City artist Eric Fairclough in his artist biography. “I see them everywhere I go, from tile floors to architecture and even in nature. The precision required to create a successful and intriguing pattern has always fascinated me.”

This fascination is expressed in Memory mechanics, currently on view at Finch Lane Gallery (54 Finch Lane), a solo exhibition highlighting Fairclough’s work with repeating patterns (“Alternate Reality” is shown). The artist has described her detailed, pattern-driven work as a way to exert a sense of control, in response to her lifelong struggles with anxiety. The underlying elements of disturbance in these patterns testify to the way he conceives of his brain functioning, with art and psychology representing a kind of tension between harmony and disorder.

Memory mechanics until June 10 in collaboration with Common wires, a group exhibition of textile works ranging from woven paper to sewn objects, featuring Annie Laurie Mackay, Jean Richardson, Jen Watson, Jethro Gillespie, Kathryn Knudsen and Daniel Barney. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit saltlakearts.org/finchlanegallery for more information.

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