Installation photograph, Our Wake Up Call For Freedoms, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Jan 21–Jun 4, 2022, photo © UMOCA

From Before to Now: A 35 x 35 Show

Jul 15, 2020 – Sep 12, 2020

Every three-and-a half years the editors of 15 Bytes: Artists of Utah organize a juried exhibition of 35 Utah artists under the age of 35 at the Art Barn—an art space run by the Salt Lake Arts Council that once was a previous home of UMOCA. Juried by Artists of Utah board members, the exhibition functions as a snapshot of Utah makers, providing a glimpse of artwork now as well as a foretelling of what’s to come.

However, 35 x 35 was never seen as a result of COVID closures.

From Before to Now draws on, but does not, simply reproduce the original exhibition. Rather, the reimagined exhibition poses the following question to the artists involved:

How has the quarantine changed the way you think about and make art now? What does your work look like now?

In a sense, the exhibition questions the intent of the original exhibition: can providing a survey of what’s happening now really be a prediction of the future? Life imprints itself on its makers and world events, such as the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting fear, isolation, and quarantine as well as mass protests in reaction to police violence and racial injustice have ramifications that can generate a shift in an artist’s practice—both seismic and subtle ways.

Featured Artists: Jamie Kyle; Justin Watson; Anita Hawkins; Hannah Neilson; Jordan Snow; Kei Ito; Caitlin Connolly; Natalie Kirk; Ron Linn; Art Morrill; Alison Neville; Danielle Susi; Dilan Li; Zachary Norman; Megan Arne; Trishelle Jeffery; Carol Bold; Sarah May; Alexis Rausch; Lis Pardoe; Megan Geilman; Erik Jensen; Douglas Tolman; Rachel Hancey; Emily Loughlin; Adah Bennion; Laura Mason

Supported by ZAP, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation.