March 2013 Artist: Robert Hall

Featuring: “Preservation of the West: Spaces in Utah Affected by Man”

Where: 824 S 400 W, Suite B113 (ground-level of Artspace Commons, 400 West street-side), Salt Lake City

When: Friday, March 15, 6:00-9:00 pm

Featuring: Two food trucks! Come view the art and grab a bite from the Bento Truck and Lewis Brothers!



Robert Hall, a Utah native and 4th generation photographer, has been passionate about photography for more than forty years. His work has won awards in the United States and internationally and has been shown in many museums and galleries. His professional  work includes fine art photography, professional portraiture, figure studies, and commercial imaging. He is also highly respected and recommended for his darkroom techniques and collaborates with other professional photographers throughout the US and Europe to help them realize their vision using advanced photographic methods.

Robert’s true love and major focus is large format photography. He uses 8 x 10 and 12 x 20 view cameras that create a negative of that size. He then contact prints the negatives by hand using platinum, palladium, silver, and gold. These are archival procedures that may outlast even the landscapes they honor.

Photography has been used to capture and hold images for information and for documentation, but  in Robert’s photographs, the image is reflective of a mood. Robert photographs “not to record or document, but rather to capture and hold, just for a moment, the essence of something greater that exists just beyond our view.” His work focuses on connecting forms, lines, and space to create a perspective beyond what is seen in a glance.

Much of Robert’s work presents solitary icons that reflect the American West.  No where else in the world has isolation been heralded as such a symbol of strength.  American heroes almost always act alone: Daniel Boone; Davy Crocket; Ernest Hemingway. James Michener wrote, “…Americans became the loneliest people on the face of the earth, but there were compensations.  Living alone meant that men had to be more ingenious, which led to inventiveness. Old patterns had to be surrendered, so revolutionary new ones could be more easily accepted.”

Robert’s images reveal an inner strength of character and solitude of being that resonate within the viewer. As with any piece of art, Robert believes the meaning within his work is created by the viewer: “we sense beauty in a very personal way; our reactions to the outside world are governed by our internal sense of self.  Art helps us see with new eyes what we knew was there but did not recognize.”





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