JANUARY 24-MAY 4, 2014
Acclaimed British artist and Sundance alumnus Tacita Dean will be at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at 5 pm Friday, January 24, to discuss her new film, JG, and the importance of 35mm film as an artistic medium. JG, shot mostly in Utah, explores the nature of time and artistic inspiration through the lens of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (1970), and the J.G. Ballard science fiction short story "The Voices of Time" (1960).
Dean first saw Spiral Jetty in 1997, when she was a fellow at the Sundance Institute's June Screenwriters Lab; she eventually had a series of conversations with Ballard about the meaning of Smithson's work. Before Ballard died in 2009, he encouraged Dean to explore her questions about Spiral Jetty through the medium of film.
Dean has had solo exhibitions at major institutions worldwide, including the Tate Britain, London; the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum, New York; the Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan; and the MUMOK, Vienna. Her worrk was also included in the 55th Venice Biennale.
JG was commissioned by Arcadia University Art Gallery and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and is presented at the UMFA in collaboration with the Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS).
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Special thanks to Sundance Institute for their support.
ROTATING SLIDE SHOW: Tacita Dean (British, b. 1965), JG, 2013, color and black & white anamorphic 35mm film with optical sound, 26.5 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London/Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris.