Grays Bleed Red With The Hands Of Progress

Grays Bleed Red With the Hands of Progress is a site-specific installation and performance situated along the shoreline of Utah Lake, Utah, USA. These canvases, rendered with iron—a mineral ubiquitous in Utah’s soil and urban development—serve as a nuanced exploration of the intersection between the natural world and human-built environments.

Amidst this collection, one painting floats atop Utah Lake’s surface, echoing the architectural designs of the “Utah Lake Restoration Project.” This specific artwork, as it gently dissolves into the lake’s waters, symbolically underscores the historical and contemporary impacts of human intervention upon both the lake and its surrounding lands. The act of dissolution, as driven by the lake’s dynamic waves, illustrates the perpetual cycle of change and regeneration, transforming the painting’s frame and washing the canvas clean.

  In this dynamic interaction, Utah Lake becomes an unexpected collaborator in the artistic process, with entropy serving as its chosen medium. This installation, at its core, serves as a profound reflection on the boundary between human and natural influence. It encapsulates the profound beauty and inherent conflicts that emerge when these two forces inevitably converge, inviting viewers to contemplate the intricate interplay between our constructed landscapes and the unyielding, yet ever-adaptive, forces of nature.