If you haven’t been to one of Provo’s monthly Gallery Strolls yet, now would be a great time to start. Beginning April 3, the Sego Art Center will be hosting an international new media exhibit called Forms of Melancholy which will be greeted by an opening reception that evening from 6-9 p.m. in conjunction with the Provo Gallery Stroll.

Forms of Melancholy will run until April 25, and will propose an interesting take on the instantaneity of the internet with relation to art and artists.

A popular website, CafePress.com, allows users to virtually upload photographs, graphics or text and customize them to “invisibly manufactured” products such as mugs, t-shirts, teddy bears, etc.
Philosopher, Nicolas Bourriaud, said, in light of the consequences of these advances in technology, that they have “blindly replace[d] human labour by machines,” leaving us with mere “forms of melancholy.” In this month’s Sego exhibit, artists will take their designs and have them manufactured using CafePress.com.

Sego will also be displaying the works of local photographer, Annie Watkins. Having had a long love of this medium for art, Watkins has developed a unique style that is portrayed through her photographs depicting everyday life. Half of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Sego Art Center, so be sure to pick up one of her affordable pieces.

Info Box:
Sego Art Center
169 North University Avenue
Provo 84601

Hours: 2-8 PM Tuesday through Saturday
Gallery Stroll: April 3, 2009 6-9 PM
Forms of Melancholy runs April 3-25, 2009