MW Hosts Collage Workshop with Jonathan Frioux

Pico_kick.jpg

Collage Workshop

In correlation with our paper + thread exhibition, we are hosting a collage workshop with Jonathan Frioux on July 20, from 11:00-1:00. Jonathan is a full-time artist based in Salt Lake. He has taught Painting, Drawing, Design Foundations, and New Genre at Weber University, Brigham Young University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

This workshop will focus on contemporary collage and basic design. Starting with a short overview of non-narrative abstraction and moving into a guided hands-on workshop experience that will lead you through the process of creating an original work of art. All materials will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary.

Places are limited, please call the gallery at 801. 355. 3383 to reserve a place.

02_jonathan frioux_Pico de Gallo #9_mixed media on paper_35x28.jpg
03_jonathan frioux_Pico de Gallo #10_mixed media on paper_33.5x26.5.jpg

About Jonathan Frioux

Jonathan Frioux received his MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in studio arts from Brigham Young University. He's currently a full time artist working out of Salt Lake City and Baja Mexico. Over the years the ocean and traveling have been important subjects in his practice, Jonathan has made art in Australia, Tonga, Ecuador and throughout Mexico. This has lead him to show his work internationally along with participating in a number of local and national gallery and Museum Exhibitions, Including a solo exhibition titled ‘Polarities’ at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in 2015.

Jonathan work has been included in collections like fidelity investments, Assure business services, and The State of Utah. In 2017 he was awarded the Utah Arts Fellowship along with Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Program. Jonathan has taught painting and drawing, foundations design and new genre at Brigham Young University, Weber University and Rhode Island School of Design, In addition to teaching and Painting Jonathan finds immense satisfaction in family / friends, cooking, surfing, and saunas.

IMG_2582+copy.jpg

Collaboration with Pico de Gallo

While on a surfing trip in northern Baja Mexico, Jonathan stumbled across a languid, sun-drenched fish market called Popotla. The place was a big outdoor living room, packed with tables, chairs and locals conversing together casually next to the ocean. Everything seemed to be worn down and faded by a thick layer of salt.

As he wandered through the market, a few colorful signs caught Jonathan's eye: “Spicy Pineapple with Coconut and Mango. Papaya, Lime, and Jícama.” The Spanish words were written in sprawling, bended lines.

Inquiries about the signs led Jonathan to Armando Castro Hernandez, aka, Pico de Gallo, a charismatic vendor who serves fresh fruit bowls. In Pico’s signs Jonathan immediately recognized the visual purity of his untrained hand that overlapped with the dynamic and rhythmic forms he was trying to create in his own work.  In these forms Jonathan discovered an opportunity to explore the political, economic and cultural metaphors attached to this subject. Through a translated English to Spanish conversation with Pico, a cross-border, cross-cultural, cross-occupational collaboration was born.

This workshop will focus on contemporary collage and basic design. Starting with a short overview of non-narrative abstraction and moving into a guided hands-on workshop experience that will lead you through the process of creating an original work of art. All materials will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary.

picodegallo.jpg
picodegallo%26JonathanFrioux.jpg