Andrew Alba at the 801 Salon | Vis.

801 S 800 E, SLC, UT 84102 18 September 2021
801 S 800 E, SLC, UT 84102

Join us in celebrating  a new collaboration with Vis. as we feature represented artist Andrew Alba in the 801 Salon!


OPENING RECEPTION | Saturday, September 18, 6-8pm

 The 801 Salon in collaboration with MW presents Andrew Alba, hosted by Vis Optics

The 801 Salon creates space for artists to connect and present, providing greater visibility in the SLC community via monthly curated events, hosted by Vis. Vis. is a design-minded optics studio and eye clinic that seeks to inspire clients to explore, discover, and create.

Andrew Alba is a self-taught artist and descendant of Mexican migrant workers. Alba’s large-scale paintings and drawings evoke an emotional response while still maintaining relevant commentary on contemporary politics and society. Alba has exhibited work throughout the Pacific Northwest and Salt Lake City, where he currently resides.




Borrowing techniques of abstraction from neoexpressionists, my work aims to evoke an emotional response while commenting on our wildly complex sociopolitical present. As a self-taught artist, I create work without the theoretical constraints and critical expectations of the academy. I sculpt using everyday materials from my day job in construction. I like to juxtapose the clean white walls of the gallery against the rough-hewn, everyday materials of the worker. While drop cloths, drywall mud, concrete, and lumber aren’t of archival quality, I am interested in how these materials will enact the inescapable slow decay of blue-collar bodies. My work is for tired working people.