Thursday, April 2, 2009

Gallery Stroll/Art Chase

-April 3rd -17 locations -dozens of prizes -well over 1,000 people expected -Art for everyone

Get your card punched at all of the locations and then turn them in to be eligible for the prizes

Just one of many shows...
On April 3, 2009, the Sego Art Center will open Forms of Melancholy, an international new media exhibit curated by Chris Coy, a Salt Lake City based artist and curator who participated in the New Museum of Contemporary Art's inaugural exhibition Unmonumental.

An opening reception will be held that evening from 6-9pm in association with Provo's Gallery Stroll.

In conjunction with the exhibit, at 7pm on April 2, Coy will join in a discussion at Sego with the respected media arts scholar Marisa Olson. Ms. Olson is currently a contributor to Rhizome, and has curated exhibits and programs at many institutions including the Guggenheim, SFMOMA, White Columns, Artists Space, the Performa Biennial, and SF Camerawork.

Forms of Melancholy will remain open to the public through April 25 and will be viewable from 2 - 8pm Tuesday through Saturday, Mondays by appointment. Special appointments can be made by contacting Jason Metcalf at 801.599.0680.

At, virtual visitors upload personal photos, graphics or text to a selection of on-demand products, creating instantaneously customized objects. When seen as a tool for artistic production, Café Press proposes an interesting center for a discussion of object creation "after the Internet." The site and its user community celebrate the ease and immediacy of invisibly manufactured items - t-shirts, teddy bears, mugs - made in narrowly prescribed forms. Adding to the discussion of pitiable commodity, philosopher Nicolas Bourriaud brings to light the consequences of the advances we have made... Advances in technology have "blindly replace[d] human labour by machines," leaving us with mere "forms of melancholy."

This month's installation at Sego offers up these "forms of melancholy" as designed by the artists in the exhibition. Given no regulations beyond the limitations of customization on, the artists have designated works for manufacture and, more specifically, purchase on the website and in the space of the Art Center.

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