Sustainable art exhibit Dreamscapes returns in Sandy

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(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Artist Jenna Louise Rogan’s work is one of many notable artists at Bizarre Bazaar, a Dreamscapes gift shop in the old Macy’s, South Town on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Tools and many reusable art scraps (VHS tape, wrapping paper, beads, vinyl, There is paint).

Inside the 35,000-square-foot room at The Shops’ Macy’s department store in South Town, Sandy, you’ll find a passenger plane cockpit, alien frogs, floating fish, hatching dragons, and stuffed toy wall mockups. I have. , more.

Anyone who has visited the previous two versions of Dreamscapes at various locations in the Gateway Shopping Center in downtown Salt Lake City will find that some ideas and materials have been recycled. prize.

Suzanne Raia, Manager of Dreamscapes, said:

The Arts Alliance boasts that Dreamscapes is the number one partner in recycling in Salt Lake County. In 2021, the project received a £ 6,613 donation from the Salt Palace Convention Center. This is equivalent to saving 27,097 pounds of carbon and planting 449 trees in 10 years. The project also received £ 5,900 in materials from the Sandy’s Mountain American Expo Center. This is equivalent to 25,085 pounds of saved carbon and 301 trees planted in the same period.

Some art supplies will be picked up from real estate sales. The partnership, for example, works with the Salt Lake County Health Department to collect items such as paint, rather than sending them to flooded landfills. Other items are provided by the Clever Octopus Creative Reuse Center and the industrial supplier ERIK’S North America. (The box of pipework material donated by the company contained a rubber band used by an artist to make a chandelier.)

Derek Dyer, Executive Director of UAA and Artistic Director of Dreamscapes, states that sustainability is the “very core” of organizational identity.

“It’s not about making money or just making beautiful pictures,” Dier said. “We are literally trying to save the world.”

Dreamscapes 3.0

Only about one-third of the 100,000-square-foot space that Macy’s once used for exhibitions is accessible to the general public. The rest is a storage space, an artist’s workshop area, and a “Visal Bazaar” that sells the work of local artists.

The old department store can also be rented as an event space, an all-night lounge. And with the amount of space available, the organizers say that all rooms will be ADA accessible.

Guests enter through one door and are guided through an interactive exhibit with a set pass. Two “merchant” in the bazaar are adjacent to the entrance and become part of the journey. It leaves the gift shop, a tradition of old museums.

In past stories, visitors followed certain preconceived characters, but in this Dreamscapes, the visitor is the main character. Visitors will be guided along the 23 rooms of the exhibit by five inhuman characters called “Dreamies”. Each represents an aspect of one’s individuality.

“What we are trying to make people understand is to believe in their dreams and the power of their dreams, and how important it is to the rest of the world,” Dier said. rice field.

UAA signed a rental agreement with South Town last November, and the opening date of the exhibition is undecided. When Tribune recently visited the space, the creation stage was just over and some artists were working.

Each of the 23 rooms has a lead artist, but Laia states that as many as 20 artists can contribute to a particular room, including objects, sounds, and lighting elements. She said there are 39 core artists in all, but because they are diverting materials from past exhibitions, there is a possibility that the works of 150-200 artists will be on display.

“That’s one of the great things about collaborative art. Anyone can reuse it by stamping it with a small stamp or diversion of it,” says Raia. “It’s like everyone feels they are part of it.”

Teen artists find a community

16-year-old Izzy Beauchesne is one of the artists whose work has been featured in many rooms.

During the COVID-19 shutdown, Boschne said he got lost and felt he wasn’t in a good place. She said that participating in Dreamscapes was a “happy accident.”

Beauchesne incorporates the charm of the human body into the artwork. For example, in one room, the chest is entwined with flowers.

“There are many misunderstandings that death is this bad factor,” she said of the work. “Honestly, that’s what we need to accept at the end of the day. Unfortunately, you lose your loved ones and there may be very beautiful things about death. “

She said that part of the charm of Dreamscapes is the environment created by Dreamscapes for the artist to thrive.

“In Utah, it’s a little difficult to convey art,” she said. “We have a really good community thanks to Dreamscapes and the land of Utah because we can share our art and meet other artists.”

Moving to the suburbs

Moving Dreamscapes to Sundi is exciting, Dier said. It’s a demographic that you might not want to step into downtown Salt Lake City, an opportunity to interact with family members.

This move is also a sign of a bigger problem in the Salt Lake City artist community. A rapid change in downtown real estate.

Dier said the building that once housed the art space in downtown Salt Lake City has been demolished or used for non-art purposes. And the artist is being pushed out.

“It’s like a symptom of something happening in downtown, that is, people are priced,” Dier said. “The artist goes first. The artist is the first person to create the place where people want to enter and the first person to be kicked out.”

However, for now, Dyer is happy that Dreamscapes is “the coolest thing in Sandy.”

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