In Salt Lake City, Air Is a Concern and an Artistic Medium: The Utah Museum of Fine Arts presents artworks that make visible the quality and inequality of what we breathe, Bianca Velasquez, δημοσίευση στο Hyperallergic [18/9/2022]
SALT LAKE CITY — Sitting between the Oquirrh Mountain range to the west and the Wasatch Mountain range to the east, Utah’s Salt Lake Valley is nestled at the bottom of a geographical bow. Beloved for its access to nature excursions, skiing, a bustling downtown, and its four, potent seasons, Salt Lake Valley is yet burdened by its topography, trapping those who reside in what has taken rank among the worst air quality in the world. Whether the air quality is a product of emissions, weather patterns, or the valley’s natural structure, one thing is for certain: access to clean air, an essential element for all living things, is not equal.
Air, an exhibition by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah, speaks to the public health concern that Salt Lake Valley’s air quality has become while exploring what it means to utilize air as an artistic medium. Air took inspiration from the Willoughby Sharp Air Art exhibition in 1968, the most recent survey of artists who were working with air as a material. Today, artists are using air to address topics that are most important to them: pollution, housing rights, police brutality, and racial justice. The exhibition also explores the kinetic and sculptural qualities of air, expanding on what air can mean to different people.
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