Daze & Nights 1a --
Long Haired Art Student under a Hard Hat
Tolkien-esque Two Towers of the Salt Lake Valley
25 miles between the University and Kennecott Copper Corporation for
five days a week for most of five years:
at the University of Utah (East Side Mountains)
at Kennecott Copper Corp. (West Side Mountains)
School, Heavy Industry, and College
was a real honor, and very useful!
is the first chapter of my Artistic Biography ...
... part of a larger project that includes historical sketches
of so-called Alternative publications, shops, bands,
and theatrical groups that have been inportant to my career.
I've chosen my first year of college as an arbitrary starting
point, but will mention a few relevant cultural details from
earlier, since I went through adolescence in America during
the amazing 1960's.
my first classes were on "The Circle."
Winter on the steep hills at the University of Utah could be
challenging, and vivid memories exist of very bad weather with
prolonged snowstorms. I
had no committment to any career after leaving High School,
but continued my studies of painting and drawing, new and historical
artists, high and low literature, and the comic book industry
whether there were classes in those subjects or not.
my high school yearbook -- 1968
1972 with Family Dogs: Despite references to my industrial
job, I've declined to describe what went on there in detail.
It was a dangerous environment, with repeated exposure to extreme
temperatures and conditions. I worked at one or two other places,
in order to keep gas in my car, but they didn't mean much to
my studies or growth, except for leaning how to show up on time
ready to go. For most the years between 1968 and 1974, I went
to the round-house of Kennecott Copper Corporation's railroad
on late shifts, and drove to the Art Department immediately
afterward -- the majority of undergraduates went between 8:50
AM and 3:30 PM, including me. Sleep was an issue, but I was
young and could find the time most days. There were some exceptions,
but this is selective memoir, NOT a detailed autobiography.
about my early College years below:
I was eighteen years old
I started University in September, and one of my very first classes
was Introduction to Visual Arts, in a huge classroom with about
a hundred and fifty people. We covered Corbusier, DuChamps, Klee,
Picasso etc. I paid attention, but there were other things on my
mind and schedule -- College Algebra, Biology, and Philosophy. Besides
my requirements, I also studied the history of Comic Strips in the
newspapers and magazines on my own time.
I recently met the man who taught that very Introduction to Visual
Arts class and he remembered ME! He'd recently published a book
of his selected drawings, and autographed it with the words:
To the guy who first showed me the magic of comics
and we shared memories of the late 1960's, plus more-recent works
like Frank Millers Sin City,The 300, and Heath
One of the initial examples of Comic Art I showed to him was this
rather painterly image:
A portion of Frank Frazetta's cover for Creepy #15
Christine' of Zappa's GTOs
was the era of the Beatles' White Album. Plus continuing musical
innovations that would create a Golden Age of FM Radio with "Progressive
Rock" and Led Zeppelin. TV featured Laugh In and the Gothic
soap opera Dark Shadows which I watched at the Student Union
with an open Art History book on my lap, rather than falling asleep
in the dark auditorium watching slides.
Actor Jonathan Frid of Dark Shadows
my extracurricular activities, Im glad to say that I learned
how to draw the human figure by the time I graduated from the University
of Utah, although I was never as accomplished as the late Mr. Frazetta
(above). As far as Fine Art went, though, I eventually preferred
opportunities backstage in the field of Modern Dance -- which continues
to be my major muse, although Live Music seduces me at various times!
Before I disappeared into the Dance Building, I took classes in
the History of the Soviet Union, Oriental Civilizations, Informal
Philosophy, English, Film, and Television Production, but abandoned
all but the minimal Science courses for graduation, although I'd
formerly thought about Engineering in High School. (Always admired
Leonardo Da Vinci.)
Rather than forging a sequential narrative about my on-and-off
relationship with the University of Utah, this chapter has sub-sections
giving insights about my cultural milieu in those volatile times
from different perspectives:
Photos and images from
personal memorabila, Chariey Hafen, and Steve Jones -- published material
used for educational purposes in the context of these essays, and covered
by Fair Use provisions of International Law. All
Rights Reserved © Michael R. Evans 2012