salt 5: Daniel Everett

salt 5: Daniel Everett

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Daniel Everett, Monument II, inkjet print, courtesy the artist.
March 26, 2012
salt 5: Daniel Everett

March 30–July 29, 2012

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
The University of Utah
Marcia and John Price Museum Building 
410 Campus Center Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

salt (sôlt)
1. A colorless or white crystalline solid used extensively in ground or granulated form as a food seasoning and preservative.
2. An element that gives flavor or zest.
3. Sharp, lively wit.
4. A mineral sharing definitive characteristics with Utah’s capital city.



The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is pleased to present salt 5: Daniel Everett, the fifth project in the Museum’s series of exhibitions introducing innovative art from around the world. salt aims to reflect the international impact of contemporary art today, forging local connections to the global, and bringing new and diverse artwork to the city that shares the program’s name.


Working across a range of mediums, Daniel Everett investigates the ways in which the built environment, and the larger human-made landscape, shape and structure our experience as individuals. His work often depicts a certain kind of anonymous architecture: security booths, surveillance towers, airports, and various passageways, like elevators and corridors with moving walkways. These are structures and places defined primarily by what lies beyond them; structures that serve to channel or control those who pass through or past them. Everett evinces an ambivalent attachment to such architecture, locating traces of modernist form in banal, standardized buildings like the security sheds pictured in his Monuments series. “I seek to monumentalize a sense of longing,” the artist has written, and we might read his security sheds, or any other of the minimal, boxy structures he images, as ghosts—monuments to modernist ideals that still haunt us.


Organized by Jill Dawsey, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and former Chief Curator at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the fifth salt installation opens on March 30, 2012 and will remain on view through July 29, 2012 in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at the University of Utah. The exhibition will be located in a newly designated salt gallery on the UMFA’s second floor, adjacent to the Museum’s permanent space for showcasing its modern and contemporary art collection.


Daniel Everett is an assistant professor of visual arts at Brigham Young University. He received a BFA in photography from Brigham Young University in 2006 and a MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Everett has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the NEXT Art Fair, Chicago, and his work has been included in group exhibitions at Spencer Brownstone Gallery, PPOW Gallery, and Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York; 12 Mail Gallery, Paris; XL Art Space, Helsinki; and the Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, Utah. His work has appeared in Index Magazine, Proximity, and Carousel Magazine.


Press contact: Shelbey Lang, UMFA Public Relations and Marketing Associate,
[email protected]


Utah Museum of Fine Arts


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A Conversation with Daniel Everett
Friday, March 30 at 7 pm
UMFA Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr. Auditorium



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