Brolly Arts, the Salt Lake Library and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art will present an multimedia exhibit called ’Inland / Outland: Utah" by
Brolly Arts, the Salt Lake Library and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art will present an multimedia exhibit called 'Inland / Outland: Utah" by Icelandic visual artist Svavar J natansson. (Courtesy of Brolly Arts)
The collaboration has resulted in four short films composed of tens of thousands of still photographs from four areas of Utah: the Salt Flats, Arches National Park, Capitol Reef and Oljato Road.

Each film has an original score bringing the videos to life with the dialogue and interplay between the two art forms. The intent is to offer a unique presentation of these places that invites the audience to view them through their own lens of experience, story and identity.

Jónatansson tediously photographed the landscapes under a variety of conditions: sometimes stark, bleak, and icy and other times vibrant and optimistic. presenting Utah through the lenses of an ever-changing landscape, a playful form emerges which is amplified musically through careful presentation and transformation of compact musical cells. The beauty lies in the management of the dialogue between the score and the landscape.

Jónatansson, Maxwell and Durrant have created an effective, engaging work that captures the wide range of possible emotions locked inside a long, unvaried drive.

The "Inland/Outland" project started in 2007 in Iceland when Jónatansson traveled around the island's 900-mile ring in freight trucks and buses, photographing out the side windows every four to seven seconds.

Utah-based composers Maxwell and Durrant began collaborating with Jónatansson in early 2012, when he began "Inland / Outland: Utah."

Brolly Arts joined the growing project in early 2013.


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In October of 2013, the work thus far was previewed at the symposium Critical Rediscovery of the Northern Rockies at the College of Art and Architecture at Montana State University. The widespread enthusiasm and support of the work leads now to the premiere of these works at UMOCA and the photographic exhibit of these places at the Salt Lake Public Library.

The photographic exhibit runs Aug. 9 to Sept. 12 at the Salt Lake Public Library with a reception on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The Utah premiere of the short films will be Aug. 15 at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $20 and can be purchased by visiting bit.ly/inland-outland .