Ryan Moffett, Jason Lanegan and Justin Wheatley


Pro Tempore

On Display

June 4, 2018 – September 28, 2018


Auditorium Gallery, level 1

Exhibition curated by Melanie Allred showcasing visiting artists Ryan Moffett, Jason Lanegan, and Justin Wheatley. Their works all have one thing in common—a sense of disconnectedness and isolation. For Moffett, a bodily disease causes the disconnect between brain and body. Death, and the resulting separation of body from spirit, the living from the dead, and, for some, the soul from salvation, is a common theme in Lanegan’s work. Wheatley’s paintings invoke an ambiguous sense of isolation with their lack of human presence, utter stillness, and meticulously crafted, tightly controlled objects. The disjunction in each artist’s works is palpable and invites viewers to confront their own multifaceted experiences with isolation and separation.

The following text will serve to reinforce the eternal perspective implied by the exhibition’s title, Pro Tempore, which means “for the time being.”

“My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment…”—D&C 121:7

“Please understand that what you see and experience now is not what forever will be. You will not feel loneliness, sorrow, pain, or discouragement forever.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Matter to Him,” October 2011.

“Truth: Mortal life is temporary and, measured against eternity, infinitesimally brief.” Boyd K. Packer, “The Moving of the Water,” April 1991.

“Please remember this one thing. If our lives and our faith are centered upon Jesus Christ and his restored gospel, nothing can ever go permanently wrong.” Howard W. Hunter, “Fear Not, Little Flock,” BYU Speeches, March 1989.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Ephemeral means fleeting, transitory, and momentary. Most things in this life are ephemeral. It is easy to forget that we are actually eternal beings in the midst of a temporary mortal journey.” David C. Dollahite, “Receiving the Eternal,” BYU Speeches, September 2016.