Last weekend, myself and several other bots here from BSR attended the grand opening of Mod A-Go-Go in downtown Salt Lake City. Champagne flowed, networking was in high gear, and everyone enjoyed the many pieces this new gallery has to offer. It’s very easy for me to say, if you are an “art geek” in Utah, it’s well worth your time to go check out Utah’s newest gallery.
Mod A-Go-Go pairs contemporary art with mid-century modern furniture that creates an experience that isn’t exactly common in Utah. Upon entering the building – which used to be a tuxedo shop back in the day – you are greated with beautiful pieces of furnature. Some pieces from locals who have built them from scratch, others are original pieces from the 1950’s and 1960’s that have been restored and/or modified. As you move around the floor room, the walls are decorated with works by local artists that you can purchase right off the wall; and for all of you liquor and wine afficanados out there, you’ll find a great selection of liquor and wine decantors. Walking upstairs in Mod A-Go-Go, you’re eyes are treated to even more local art.
From graffiti to abstract, from superheroes to portraits, the art gallery located on the second floor of Mod A-Go-Go has something for every taste and budget. Big Shiny Robot! being the “geek news and reviews” site that we are, we were of course most interested in some of the work done by Buddy Eyre and Heather Ackley, which you can check out a sampling of in the gallery at the bottom.
Looking to provide greater opportunity for new and up and coming local artists, owners Marcus and Eric have adopted a consignment model, which in turn also provides better and ever changing selection for their customers. Not just wanting to be successful business owners, Marcus and Eric have a passion for these works that is immediately apparent as they welcome you through the front doors. Both have years of experience working with mid-century furniture, and Marcus is an artist himself – and yes, you can find his amazing abstract pieces on the walls of Mod A-Go-Go.
Utah may not “be the place” for fine art, but a short drive to Down Town Salt Lake City may fool you. The local art community is growing at a steady pace and becoming easier to find, and adding another great gallery like Mod A-Go-Go with owners like Marcus and Eric to the list is only going to help it flourish.
If you want to check out Mod A-Go-Go – and I highly recommend you do, you can find them at:
242 E S Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Mon-Fri 10:30am – 6:30pm; Sat 10am – 5pm; Closed Sunday