The Gospel According to Ralphael

Sep 7, 2016

In a run-down commercial block in Salt Lake City, Ralphael Plescia has spent some 50 years making art that tells the story of creation as he understands it. He’s hollowed out tunnels, built narrow bridges over bubbling groundwater, and his sculptures are embedded in the walls. Wednesday, we profile a new short film that asks why Ralphael has made this his life work and what will happen to it when he dies. We’ll also explore other “outsider” Utah artists who bring a unique view to our world.

Ralphael holds visiting hours on Friday afternoons at his warehouse. He's located at 1324 S State Street. There are no reservations. Knock loudly and wait patiently for him to come to the front door.

Watch The Gospel According to Ralphael, our latest feature at VideoWest.

For another take on Ralphael, check out Stephen Dark's article in Salt Lake City Weekly's "State Street Issue," August 18. It's called, The Fixer

Corrections:

  • During the live broadcast, a guest incorrectly stated that Utah artist Brian Kershisnik has no formal art training. He holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BFA from Brigham Young University.
  • Utah sculpture Thomas Battersby Child, creator of Gilgal Garden, was not excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as was suggested by one of our guests.