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Gallery East exhibit will feature works of Salt Lake artist Justin Wheatley

"East Broadway and Bleecker Streets"
"Yellow House"
Salt Lake City artist Justin Wheatley finds something arresting and beautiful in facades. Whether it's an old downtown high-rise building or a quant tract home, Wheatley sees something compelling about their external design.

Ehren Clark of City Weekly, writes, "To everything there is a surface, a façade, an outward appearance. With most of life, the truth of the matter is distorted by the façade, by the physicality, limited by what the eye can see that is only an artificial layer to truth."

Wheatley's paintings and mixed media work will be on display at Gallery East from March 18 through April 11, 2013. The exhibit, entitled "From the Pavement," will include the latest of these images.

Ehren Clark of City Weekly explains, "The work of Justin Wheatley dares to probe beneath the façade and discover the essential truths of existence. Wheatley's canvases and his sculptures are intricately layered including subjects such as buildings, homes, bridges, latticed with abstracted line, shape, color, plane, symbol, and detail."

Wheatley breaks down the visual components of a structure and reinterprets it into an intricate, colorful design. Though it may be a combination of semi-abstract lines, color, and geometric shapes, the outer façade is always a recognizable theme of the work.

According to Clark, "It may be a brightly colored and 'poppish' home that conceals all that is real within thus deconstructing domestic ideals in lieu of secrets and obscurities. Or it might be the multi-dimensionality of his abstract layering breaking up the absoluteness of the subject thus deconstructing both space and time in lieu of a pure reality."

"The work of Justin Wheatley creates a multifaceted statement that is visually powerful and cognitively complex that synthesized, weaves an ongoing fabric of existential meaning," writes Clark.

Justin Wheatley grew up in Clinton, Utah. He attended Utah State University, where he received a BFA in drawing and painting. He currently resides in Salt Lake City.

Wheatley's exhibit, "From the Pavement," will be on display from March 18 - April 11 at Gallery East on USU Eastern's Price campus. An opening reception and artist talk will be held Friday, April 12, from 6-8 p.m. in Gallery East. The gallery is free and open to the public during the academic year.

Gallery East's Spring 2013 hours are: Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. closed Fridays, weekends, and holidays.

If you have any questions, contact Noel Carmack at 435-613-5241 or by email at

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