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Galleries & Museums

Vort Man: Made in Utah

When: Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 17 2015

Who is Vort Man? Perhaps a more appropriate way of phrasing the question might be what the enigmatically named artist is. The Pittsburgh native works with an array of different artistic media, from collage and digital art to good old-fashioned painting, but the self-taught artist with a degree in marketing and international business has presented his work in unconventional venues for years, creating collaborative live paintings to music under the moniker Vorcan. The media as subject matter is key to all Vort Man's works, such as screen prints on T-shirts and other surfaces that bear his visage and the urging to "Vote Republican," sarcastically or not. This show consists of work created in the 2 1/2 years since Vort Man moved to Utah, and he has been prolific indeed. From the start of 2012 through the middle of 2013, he made a work every day that he displayed in public, and he's in the process of working on an animal collage every day for a year. In addition to digital-imaging techniques, Vort Man's work combines disparate elements, like the work titled "Screen Printing, Melting Crayons, and Spray Painting in the Snow." The works in this show demonstrate his technical advances and stylistic growth, as well as the way his work builds on itself. (Brian Staker)