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Dissolving Contradictions

Art Exhibit

2022-12-06 18:00:00 2022-12-06 19:30:00 America/Denver Dissolving Contradictions Exhibit by youth of Salt Lake City • Exhibit runs from Dec 5, 2022 to Jan 4, 2023. Main Library - Conference Room A & B

Tuesday, December 06
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2022-12-06 18:00:00 2022-12-06 19:30:00 America/Denver Dissolving Contradictions Exhibit by youth of Salt Lake City • Exhibit runs from Dec 5, 2022 to Jan 4, 2023. Main Library - Conference Room A & B

Main Library

Conference Room A & B

Exhibit by youth of Salt Lake City • Exhibit runs from Dec 5, 2022 to Jan 4, 2023.

Dissolving Contradictions is a two-fold exhibition: it includes a series of paintings by incarcerated youth from the Salt Lake City area as well as a large-scale “multi-vocal” painting (Clouds) made by over 200 citizens of Salt Lake City. The title of the exhibition unites all the paintings on display: All of them utilize art as a space where we can practice dissolving contradictions between how the world is, and how we imagine it could be.

During a college-credit art seminar taught by Mollie Hosmer-Dillard through Utah Tech University, incarcerated youth discussed surrealism and the freedom and possibilities offered by the blank canvas. They created the personal narrative paintings on display here in response to a prompt from Franklin Rosemont in which he describes surrealism as “the exaltation of freedom, revolt, imagination, and love... Its basic aim is to lessen and eventually to completely resolve the contradiction between everyday life and our wildest dreams.”

The large piece on display is a “multi-vocal” painting, an innovation by Hosmer-Dillard that refers to a painting created by many different people. In more than 35 workshops held throughout Salt Lake City, Hosmer-Dillard engaged over 200 people to create this piece. Many of the groups Hosmer-Dillard chose to engage are ones often underrepresented by the society we live in, including people experiencing homelessness, incarcerated youth, autistic children, deaf children, seniors, and people in hospice. The parameters were simple: Each person selected a cluster of wooden laser-cut tiles, chose from a selection of blue and white paint, and was invited to paint clouds. 
The finished painting celebrates a variety of approaches, in what Hosmer-Dillard says is a critique of the Western world’s emphasis on the single individual. She wanted to create a vision of a different social reality, a visible disruption of Western society’s isolating focus. Clouds was made possible with a grant from the Salt Lake City Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

AGE GROUP: | All Ages |

EVENT TYPE: | Local Issues | Exhibits | Arts & Creativity |

Main Library

Mon, Feb 06 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Feb 07 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Feb 08 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Feb 09 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Feb 10 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Feb 11 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Feb 12 11:00AM to 5:00PM

About the branch

NOTE: The Main Library's Rooftop Terrace is closed through 2022 for repairs and renovations.

Salt Lake City's Main Library, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie in conjunction with VCBO Architecture, opened in February 2003 and remains one of the most architecturally unique structures in Utah. This striking 240,000 square-foot structure houses more than 500,000 books and other materials, yet serves as more than just a repository of books and computers. It reflects and engages the city's imagination and aspirations. The structure embraces a public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium.

A multi-level reading area along the Glass Lens at the southern facade of the building looks out onto the plaza with stunning views of the city and Wasatch Mountains beyond. Spiraling fireplaces on four floors resemble a column of flame from the vantage of 200 East and 400 South. The Urban Room between the Library and the Crescent Wall is a space for all seasons, generously endowed with daylight and open to magnificent views.

Upcoming events

Wed, Feb 08, 10:15am - 10:45am

Wed, Feb 08, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Conference Room E
Registration is now closed

Thu, Feb 09, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tinker Lab

Fri, Feb 10, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
This event is full

Sat, Feb 11, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friends Used Book Sale Area

Sat, Feb 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Entrance

Tue, Feb 14, 10:15am - 10:45am

Tue, Feb 14, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Computer Lab

Wed, Feb 15, 10:15am - 10:45am

Wed, Feb 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Conference Room E

Thu, Feb 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tinker Lab

Fri, Feb 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Creative Lab

Sun, Feb 19, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Tue, Feb 21, 10:15am - 10:45am

Tue, Feb 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Computer Lab

Wed, Feb 22, 10:15am - 10:45am

Wed, Feb 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Conference Room E
This event is full

Thu, Feb 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tinker Lab

Fri, Feb 24, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Creative Lab

Tue, Feb 28, 10:15am - 10:45am

Wed, Mar 01, 10:15am - 10:45am

Thu, Mar 02, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Level 2 Conference Room

Thu, Mar 02, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tinker Lab

Fri, Mar 03, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Tue, Mar 07, 10:15am - 10:45am

Wed, Mar 08, 10:15am - 10:45am

Thu, Mar 09, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tinker Lab