There are hundreds of Salt Lake artists who are sought after around the country, and a handful of them got their start at Artist’s of Utah 35 x 35.

We all like living in a place where there’s a thriving art scene, but it can be hard to keep up with all that’s going on in Utah. The state is home to hundreds of artists, many with national reputations. By the time you hear about these artists, though, their works may be in such demand or fetching such high prices that they seem out of reach. Younger artists may be more accessible, but how do you find them? Enter 35x35.

 
Van Chu: Mushrooms and Trees 13” 24″ x 72″, Digital Photography/Archival Pigment Print. 

The show, which occurs every three-and-a-half-years and is put on by Artists of Utah, features 35 emerging artists who are 35-years-old or younger. In 2009, a lucky collector purchased work by photographer Van Chu, who sold his first piece at 35 x 35 and his work now sells nationally for thousands of dollars. Chu’s photographs have a painterly quality created by dropping pigment in to water. As the pigment moves, it swirls through the water and Chu captures the serpentine paths with his camera.


Mary Toscono: King David, 30" x 44", graphite, gesso, watercolor

Mary Toscano, who has exhibited at dozens of local galleries, is one of the inaugural residents at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA). Like Chu, she sold her first professional first piece at 35 x 35. Toscano has made a name for herself through simple, elegant line drawings accented by colored washes.

“One of the most satisfying things about the 35 x 35 show is knowing that we’re showcasing new talent. It’s difficult for young artists to get their work shown, but it needs to happen more often because there are so many talented people out there like Van and Mary. We’re thrilled to have them back this year. And their work is hanging alongside several artists who are just getting started, promising artists are probably the beginning of a long and successful career,” says Shawn Rossiter, founder of Artists of Utah.

 
Amanda: Undress: September 2012; approximately 1.0’ x 5.5’ x 2.0’; cut and folded September 2012 Vogue Magazine, dress form

Some of the unique works on display include a intricate dress made entirely of meticulously folded paper from fashion magazines by Amanda Oechsle, nuanced tent sculptures constructed out of lace by Venessa Gromek, and interactive photographs that light up when people walk past by Christine Baczek. The exhibit has a range of avant-garde pieces and more traditional pieces that include photographs, paintings, and drawings.

“The artwork in this exhibit demonstrates the range of work that’s being done by some of Utah’s young artists. This is a great opportunity for the community to see work that hasn’t been on display anywhere else, or to simply check out the innovative work of up-and-coming artists with a new point of view,” says Rossiter.

35 x 35 will be on display at Finch Lane Gallery from March 8 through April 26. An artist's reception will be held on March 8 from 6pm to 8pm. Finch Lane Gallery is located at 1325 E. 100 S. (Reservoir Park). The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. During gallery stroll, on the third friday of each month, they are open from 6pm to 9pm.

Dale Thompson is a writer at 15 Bytes, Utah's Art magazine, and is a contributor for Salt Lake magazine.