2007, mixed media; steel, plaster, and acrylic paint
Passacaglia was completed by the L.A. artist Ann Preston in 2007. The sculpture's name derives from a musical form related to dance. Like its name, the sculpture is composed of geometric forms- a dance of triangles that combine to become diamonds, transforming yet again into larger geometric units which expand into a counter rythm of contoured panels.
1987, wooden clogs, metal, and customized electronics
One of the highlights of the permanent collection is the installation Klompen, by the Seattle-based artist Trimpin. Klompen is a sound sculpture that includes 96 Dutch wooden clogs that connect to a computer by wires suspended from the ceiling. Placing a quarter in the token box electronically triggers mallets in the toes of the shoes. Trimpin is a contemporary artist who uses sound as a medium for sculpture and works between the genres of art, music and science. His influences include German cuckoo clocks, early electronic media and experimental composers. Bring plenty of quarters; Klompen plays 24 different compositions!
This exhibition visually explores the history of Americans and European immigrants who settled the American West as homesteaders and farmers. Students in the USU Honors Think Tank course worked on organizing and curating this exhibition. Growing West will be on display through May 7, 2016.
TRANSCENDENCE: ABSTRACTION & SYMBOLISM IN THE AMERICAN WEST
This upcoming exhibition surveys artists from the NEHMA collection who have employed abstraction and symbolism over the last century to convey their experiences and interpretations of the American West. The exhibition will be on display beginning September 1st in the museum's Caine gallery.
(image to the left: "The Ninnekah", 1951
by Lee Mullican
oil on linen
Marie Eccles Caine Foundation Gift)