Don’t miss your chance to experience Celebration of the Hand: Salty, an outdoor art exhibition on view in downtown Salt Lake City through Wednesday, August 26!
Take a safely socially-distanced walk along Broadway (300 S.) between 200 West and 200 East to view Celebration of the Hand: Salty. Displayed in street-side metal frames, the installation features work by eight emerging local artists who visually interpreted tracks from Salty, an album recently released by local singer-songwriter, Marqueza. While viewing the artwork, visitors to the exhibition can scan a QR code to listen to the musical track that inspired each visual piece.
The featured artists include Abraham Von August, Chromatophore, Hy Amenero, Jessica Wiarda, Kristen Bernabe, Laura Frisk, Space Babes Art and Victoria Minji Lee. Each visual artist created digital artwork informed by a specific song from the Salty album.
Marqueza is a queer Japanese/Venezuelan singer, songwriter and producer based in SLC. Passionate about art as an outlet for expression, processing and healing, they make genre-fluid music by coupling improvisation with electronic production. Marqueza supports the activation and protection of spaces for QTBIPOC to express themselves creatively. Marqueza describes Salty as an open letter to Utah and Salt Lake City, describing SLC as a place that is “as traumatic, painful, and isolating as it is a place of healing, refuge, and fierce underground community.”
Informed by activist Jane Jacobs’ fascination with self-organized urbanism, Celebration of the Hand is a seasonal exhibition series designed to enhance and reflect Salt Lake City’s cultural district through the work of local artists. The exhibitions feature inspiring artwork meant to engage passersby with ideas that matter, and provide the local artisan community with a venue to showcase their talent and contribute to the city’s cultural enhancement. Celebration of the Hand is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week free of charge, and provides a safe option for experiencing art while social distancing.
Celebration of the Hand: Salty is sponsored by Craft Lake City, The BLOCKS SLC, Center for the Living City and The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change. This project has received funding from Utah Humanities (UH).