July/August 2010

Towards the end of June, I took several new pieces to photographer David Hawkinson. To see some of the work, please click on “portfolio” above, then to “Recent Works” in the “Galleries” section located on the right side of your screen. (Apologies for not including dimensions throughout the portfolio, a task hopefully done by snowfall.)

Recent Works:
• “Dharma Mindfulness” section: “Full Lotus: Weapon of Detachment”

• “Eternal Salvation” section: “Living Water,” Mile Marker Messiah,” “Sacrament of the Fourth Endowment.”

• “Coronation of the Virgin” section: “Immaculate Conception [Happy Mother’s Day],” “Fifteenth Station,” “Eve in the Age of Enlightenment,” “Mary of the Third Dispensation,” “San Juan de Los Logos,” and “Touching the Divine Other.”

• “Angel Catchers” section: “Hooked on Jesus” and “Precipice.”

• “Conversations at the End of Time” section: “And I Saw Another Angel,” and “Temple at the End of Time.” • “Reappropriated Passion” section: “Altimeter Almighty,” “Ascent II,” “Descent,” “Unyielding Cosmic Corpus,” and “Equus Corpus.”

Drop me a line: frankmcentire@comcast.net

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May 2010

May 2010

A recent discussion with friends about the relevance of public art in contemporary society and its place in Utah history lead to the following reflection, “When Contradictions Accumulate Public Art Goes Public”

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March 2010

Preparing for 911

Although it’s only March, the annual Spontaneous Memorial installation is coming right up. The last time I will put it on exhibition is September 2011, a date already secured for the Springville Museum of Art’s spacious main floor west gallery. Negations are still underway for a 2010 venue. Each year I add new elements, so the installation has grown substantially since its launch at the Utah Valley University in 2004.

Please refer to the September 2009 post below for more information about Spontaneous Memorial.

Three new elements are already complete for the next installation.

  • The second piece, a display case, is yet to be photographed; perhaps I’ll post it later.
  • The third piece will be photographed when installed. It is formatted the same as the grid piece shown here when exhibited at Brigham Young University in 2008.

    However, the images are text fragments taken from the front, typed side of the commemoration tag collages, one made for each of the almost 3,000 victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Here are a few individual examples.

    I hope to do a third grid of text fragments taken from written patron comments on the back of the tags.

 

I’m also working with Shawn Rossiter, who helps me keep this website going, to reformat the portfolio section. So, watch for those changes in the next few months.

I’ve increasingly been asked to provide studio tours (see posts below for January 2010 and May 2009). So, if you’re interested, please let me know (frankmcentire@comcast.net) and I’ll inform you about upcoming opportunities.

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February 2010

The Tax Man Cometh

I’ve spent over twenty years building the Frank McEntire Studio venture—showing museum-level exhibits of my work and curating exhibits of the works others, art criticism, feature articles, catalog essays, lectures, philanthropy, consulting, facilitating, organizing.

Last November, the Internal Revenue Service sent me their Publication 3498-A, The Examination Process, and some challenging questions to answer about 2007 taxes—questions that perhaps others out there with studios may find interesting.

Several of the most significant questions in the “Explanation of Items” document, that was due within 30 days of receipt, are: click here.

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December 2009

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November 2009

November, a time to take stock of the blessings of life, a time for thankfulness—a long list for me.

One item on the list is friends. I made a new one last month, Arthur Bacon. He lives in Loa, UT, and is a photographer and art critic. See some of his work at www.arthurbacon.com.

Three days after meeting Arthur over dinner in Teasdale, UT, I lost a friend. The intimate banquet (“Babbetts’s Feast” comes to mind) where I met Arthur and his partner was provided by Susan and Doug Snow. Painter Tony Smith and friend Nick Gosdis completed the table of seven, plus the Snow’s pug, Moki.

The following Tuesday, Doug was coming to Salt Lake City for a visit, among other things to bring Tony’s forgotten pillow. He had a roll-over accident and died at the scene on Highway 24 near Siguard. He was 82. I’ve written and spoken about Doug several times, including a tribute in this November’s 15 Bytes, also provided here in pdf:

· “Artist in the Country [V. Douglas Snow],” The Salt Lake Tribune, November 13, 1994.

· “Paintings, Photos ‘Due South’ [Wulf Barsch, Robert Marshall, Doug Snow, Brian Kershisnik, Clay Wagstaff, John Reese, Michael Plyler, Alan Schmierer, ViviAnn Rose],” The Salt Lake Tribune, February 4, 1996.

· “Painting the Cockscomb: V. Douglas Snow in Capitol Reef Country,” Salt Lake Magazine, July/August 2000.

· “The Red Cliff Upwarps of Douglas V. Snow,” Utah Arts Festival catalog essay, 2003.

· “V. Douglas Snow,” Lecture, Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City Downtown Library, 2004.

· “Painting the Cockscomb: V. Douglas Snow in Capitol Reef Country,” Entrada Institute, Ward Roylance Recipient ceremony, October 2006.

· “To Be In This Country ~ V. Douglas Snow, a Tribute,” 15 Bytes, November 2009 (a culmination of the above-referenced writings).

I hope to get around to some year-end website house cleaning this month and update many of its sections. I’m sure Shawn Rossiter who helps me with it will be pleased. Reviewing Arthur’s website and reading his thoughtful and clear essays caused me to think about posting some of my reviews and feature articles, like the one last month about art auctions. Salt Lake-based arts writer, Ann Poore, talked with me recently about possibly updating and adding to them as a publication on contemporary Utah art. We’ll see.

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October 2009

It’s already mid-October and I’m just now getting website “News” updated. It’s been a busy time, mostly sorting through studio detritus, repacking finished pieces, installing a new shelving system, and consolidating supplies from two into one semitrailer (don’t ask) in the back of my studio in a World War II warehouse.

It has, though, been a good Fall season, with drives into the Rocky Mountains around the Great Salt Lake to see the leaves turn and feel cool breezes, spend time with the family, even see sights in Washington DC.

It’s also been a time when I’ve received several requests to donate artwork to charity art auctions, as well as make a few solicitations myself. This prompted me to take a look at an article I published in The Salt Lake Tribune, “Art For A Cause: Fund-Raisers For Charity Help…and Hurt,” September 3, 1995. I’ve updated it and think it may be of interest to artists, dealers, and charity organizations — read here.

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September 2009

Since September is a marker for me to contemplate the airplane-as-weapon attacks of 9/11, I’ve posted an interview I had in September 2006 with Shawn Rossiter, editor of 15 Bytes and the person who helps me keep this website going. He published it in a now-defunct art blog, Head of Shiz. It is revised and updated on the Spontaneous Memorial section of this site, where you can also view images from past iterations of the installation.

Last month I mentioned that I’d post a few comments from Spontaneous Memorial “Fence” tags and “Ledger” pages, just a few from the hundreds:

· I’ve read parts of each portrait & am dismayed at cruelty in the name of politics or religion. May the 21st Century find more peace than the 20th.

· No one may speak for the dead; no one may interpret their mutilated dreams and visions. And yet, I sense their presence . . . The presence of my parents, that of my little sister. The presence of my teachers, my friends, my companions. . .

· If we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.” – From Ele Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo on Dec. 10, 1986.

· Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” Emanuel Swedenborg.

· Faithful, innocent, we all are responsible, we all too must be faithful and help each other so we may be ready for a day such as this.

· In the time span of human existence, we have learned almost nothing about how to get along with each other. The struggle for power, and dominance, and the redress of grievances ends in violence and death.

· Diplomacy Rules: Violence is an effective method of complete destruction. It isn’t creative. That is all I have to say to the terrorists!

· I would hope all this loss of life gives us a greater appreciation and respect for our lives and what we do with our time left here.

· What a shame so much time & money is dedicated to the destruction of the world.

· If the Christians of the world all practiced Christianity and the Muslims practiced Islam all these tragedies would be prevented. – Roger Fitt.

· Life as we knew it cannot be taken for granted anymore. – SE.

· September 11th brought great pain to our nation, but at the same time brought a sense of union between people of all races, religion, and cultures. – Nickolle Carter

· As long as the sky holds and baseball is played, some of the things you loved – and so you – will never truly vanish. “So long lives this and this gives life to thee.” – Shakespeare.

· I read this and at first the words seemed random and made no sense. I found it difficult to look past the paint splattered across the tag. Then I realized this tag isn’t about what’s on it physically. It’s about the life that was cut short.

· It is often good we do not know what is ahead of us or we would not have the courage to go on and face it.

· Be prepared spiritually. Things don’t seem to be getting better.

· To think he [Paul K. Sloan] didn’t expect anything but his life to continue is indeed sobering. It makes one question their selfishness and self-awareness. It’s one thing for chance to take your life, but for men to take it is something quite different.

· I was impressed by how the community came together for the sake of consoling and preserving lives. My hope is that we recognize the value of life on a daily basis and especially in our politics.

· I was so busy that day. I hadn’t even seen what happened. All I saw was the faces of those who had seen. I felt like I should cry, but I didn’t understand why.

· Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never seem to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee – John Donne.

· The attacks of 9/11 have left a real and lasting void in America and shown us that our enemies will no longer allow us to be a sleeping giant.

· This morning, before work, I briefly turned on my television. I saw the planes fly into the WTC towers. I saw the huge balls of flame. I thought ‘what great special effects they can create nowadays!’ Only after I arrived at work & was informed that all ‘non-essential’ state employees should go home, did I understand: it was real . . . from Guy Lebeda’s journal: 9/11/01.

· I thought it was a movie, but I couldn’t believe it was real.

· I was sitting in biology when the phone rang. My teacher came in & turned on the T.V. We all watched, awestruck with no real idea what was going on.

· My roommates were gathered around the television, and one was in tears. After shaking the sleep out of my head, I was wide awake to watch plane #2 smash into the towers. It made me instantly ill, thinking at first I was watching a horrible film.

· On 9/11/01, my roommates were watching TV. I came in and thought they were watching a movie. Just then the 2nd plane hit the tower. I thought it was cool until I found out it was real. Then I was horrified. Why does religion inspire such hatred and malice in the hearts of men and stir them up against those who have done them no harm? – Bryan McEntire.

· I heard of the attack in the morning on the radio. Later in the day I saw it on TV. At first, I thought it was an accident, pure and simple. As the day went on the monstrous evil of the attack began to soak in. By nightfall, I knew I had witnessed vicariously a tragedy. What sadness!

· Tragedy begets tragedy. It’s time to work together to end this cycle through compassion, not violence. The free world’s ready to get on board or get Bush out.

· BUSH IS A LIAR.

· A vote for Bush is a vote for Revolution.

· Somehow it didn’t become real for me until 11/2 years later when I went to NYC [by] myself. What a hole. What a loss. We have suffered. I love President Bush. Go get ‘em.’ Everyone should be able to feel safe . . . Love, AOC.

· As I watched the towers come crashing down in horror and disbelief, I also felt that we were at an end of an era. / I am angered that our government has used this horrific act to justify its own horrific act against a nation uninvolved in 9/11 and not a threat to us anymore. Many thousands of Iraqi civilians have lost their lives plus our soldiers, FOR A LIE.

· I afraid of Americans.

· September 11 was a horrible moment in the history of our country, but it illustrated the character of our citizens. Those who died were doing their jobs for America – businessmen, firemen, policemen. Everyone involved, was doing their job and their duty, they died honorably. They died for America. They died Americans.

· No one who dies is truly dead until there is no one left who remembers them. May each victim of 9/11 be remembered always and thus live.

· Gone, but not forgotten.

· Never will I forget the helpless, desperately infuriating feelings I had when I heard about plane one … these feelings amplified when the next two appeared … then the next. Never will I forget.

· Private lives become public lives when terror and horror snatch them away. Someone remember the newborn’s cry when these lives entered the world. Choose this day to remember their cries when they left this world. Tomorrow may be your day to cry. Our heritage is to remember. – Jess, Boise, Idaho

· I remember someone telling me that she saw the first plane hit in the rear view mirror of her car. Such a small image of such a large tragedy. – B. Boolar

· I will always remember 9/11 for two reasons. (1) Because 9/11 is the day my wife and I celebrate our anniversary. (2) The feelings I had when I heard our nation was under attack. I will always remember the people who died that day. May God bless them and their families. – Tom G.

· Let us always remember: Events – esp. such tragic events – are part of larger processes. How can we better shape and guide this unregrettable process? “There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.” M. Gandhi – William C. Seifrit.

· August 6, 1945 / Hiroshima, Nola Gay / 130,000 people died / then Nagasaki / Please pick a hanging tag and tell us how you feel about the events of that day.

· I echo Ken Brewer’s statement that we need acts of goodness on a scale as large as the great tragedies we’ve seen. The efforts of good people providing service can counteract the devastating acts we see. We must continue to choose right.

· My son’s birthday is tomorrow 9/9 so it has become forever linked to the 9/11 attack on the Towers and the Pentagon. Though I was stunned by 9/11, I was even more stunned by the Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Building 4/19/95 because my daughter Kim lived just outside of Oklahoma City and sometimes went to the Murrah Building. I remembered watching the television images the morning of 4/19 as the blown-out remains of the building still smoldered. I remembered how I tried to call my daughter but couldn’t get through to her for two days. Then 9/11 hit and I saw that on television, too, even the actual moment the second airliner flew into the second tower in a moment of surreal reality. What we need more are acts of goodness on such a scale as 4/19 – acts of goodness that can touch everyone as powerfully as such acts of terror. I suppose such goodness must begin with each person’s smallest acts and grow like raindrops into an ocean. – Ken Brewer [former Utah Poet Laureate]

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August 2009

We’re approaching the eighth anniversary September 11, 2001, the date of the terrorist attacks that took almost 3,000 lives. Although adults throughout the world have vivid memories of seeing footage of airliners crashing into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and seeing the crater in a Pennsylvania field made by Flight 93’s crash, the youngsters of that day may not. A twelve-year-old, who was three in 2001, knows about the event through stories, books, and news accounts, but probably not from memory, which reminds me of an often-quoted statement by George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This is one of the reasons in 2004 that I put together the first installment of “Spontaneous Memorial,” an evolving participatory installation shown each year* until 2011. Next month I’ll post a few comments from Spontaneous Memorial “Fence” tags and “Ledger” pages. For more information on the project:

http://www.artistsofutah.org/15bytes/06sep/page8.html and http://net.lib.byu.edu/art/McEntire.html

On a different subject, I’d like to thank curator Jason Lanegan for his fine work organizing “ReAppropriated Passion” at Gallery 303 on the Brigham Young University campus.

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July 2009

The opening reception of ReAppropriated Passion at Brigham Young University in Gallery 303 was preceded by a panel discussion with insightful presentations by the exhibit curator and director of the gallery, Jason Lanegan, Jay Heuman, curator for the Salt Lake Art Center, and Dr. Joseph Parry, assistant dean of Humanities at BYU. I hope to have audio of the event for you soon, if editing goes well. Also to come is a film walk-through of the exhibit. So, please visit this site again. The exhibit also received a thoughtful review by 15 Bytes art critic, Geoff Wichert. And, thanks to Shawn Rossiter, editor of 15 Bytes, an announcement about the exhibit was posted on its blog, with reference to Jason Lanegan’s curator statement .

I was invited to show work with my friend, Hyunmee Lee, for the inaugural exhibit of the Pleasant Valley Library in Ogden, Utah. Hyunmee’s paintings strongly reflect her disciplined upbringing in South Korea and demonstrate lyrical, calligraphic-like agility with an inner Buddhist driven sensibility.

The exhibit, Of Silence and Shadow: Two Views, allowed me to select older assemblages and make new ones that demonstrate Buddhist and Hindu influences in compliment to Hyunmee’s paintings .
This exercise was in contrast to ReAppropriated Passion shown at the same time at Brigham Young University with works derived from Jewish and Christian influences (see installation views here).

It is my fortune to have curated two exhibits of Hyunmee’s work—When Gesture Finds Its Power, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University (see the exhibit catalog, chunji-changjo [heaven and earth]: the “Creation” Paintings of Hyunmee Lee, 2005) and Intimacy Without Restraint, Museum of Fine Art, University of Utah, 2006.

This is the second time we’ve exhibited together. The first was in 2004 at Utah Valley University where I initiated the construction of what is now an annual 9/11 commemorative installation, Spontaneous Memorial (the gallery for this work is coming soon, please return to this website next month).

Another multi-talented friend, Trent Alvey, invited me and several other artists living in Utah to show new works in her curated exhibit, Shelf Life: Preserving Artifacts, comprised of paintings of and configurations assembled in canning jars for Art Access/VSA arts Utah. “Mason Jar Jesus,” seen here, was made for this exhibit.

One series I’ve been working on for a while deals with Nicola Tesla and electricity, influenced by my painter and writer friend, Alex Bigney (see my February 2009 entry). Some of these works were exhibited in ReAppropriated Passion (Code Messenger, Prayer Coder, The Ohmite Almighty, Disconnect I and II) and another, Tesla Temple, in the 85th Spring Salon in Springville, Utah.

 

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