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Grief: A Stupid Process No One Wants To Do

Art Exhibit

2023-06-16 16:00:00 2023-06-16 17:30:00 America/Denver Grief: A Stupid Process No One Wants To Do Artwork by Hyrum Despain • Exhibit runs from May 6 to June 16, 2023. Chapman Branch -

Friday, June 16
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Add to Calendar 2023-06-16 16:00:00 2023-06-16 17:30:00 America/Denver Grief: A Stupid Process No One Wants To Do Artwork by Hyrum Despain • Exhibit runs from May 6 to June 16, 2023. Chapman Branch -

Artwork by Hyrum Despain • Exhibit runs from May 6 to June 16, 2023.

ARTIST STATEMENT: The truth is that I seldom paint. Instead, a younger, more confused version of me paints. Art has been an outlet for me to express the confusion I have felt from the chaos of my home life as a child. Acrylic paint, oil pastels, soft pastels, and pens are all tools I use to articulate myself. The intense emotions I felt growing up are muddied by years and years of neglect. I can’t pinpoint exact traumatic moments, so instead, I try to paint overarching feelings and thoughts. This leads to my pieces looking as though I was trying to remember a bad dream I had last night. When viewing my art, you see floating heads, appendages coming from seemingly nowhere, objects made of haze, eyes looking directly through you, and open mouths screaming as though they want to tell you something.
Although art is my therapy, it is not just for me. I hope you feel acknowledged by my pieces. We all have bad days and worse thoughts, but that doesn’t make us bad people.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Since an early age, art has been an outlet for Hyrum. At age 10, he was illustrating comic books about a world where heroes and justice prevailed. At age 13, he was using Canva to photoshop his favorite video game characters into unlikely scenarios. But art never became a way to express himself until his freshmen year. Instead of telling stories about heroes narrowly outsmarting the villains, he transported audiences to an abstract world filled with inner turmoil and grief. Hyrum explored themes of childhood trauma and isolation by depicting human-like forms set in a dreamlike haze. He used these scenes as a personal narrative, a way to sort out his inner thoughts and emotions.
During a 3-month study abroad program in the UK, he took inspiration from the gritty London architecture and the fine art riddled through the city. Artists such as Leon Golub and Nancy Spero had a profound impact on the materials he used. He began to incorporate Risograph printing and screenprinting into his usual routine of acrylic paints and oil pastels. Now that he is back in Utah, he plans to build his portfolio and eventually apply to art colleges.

AGE GROUP: | All Ages |

EVENT TYPE: | Exhibits | Arts & Creativity |

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Considered to be one of the finest Carnegie Libraries in the West, this 8,900 square foot library has two levels. Since its opening in 1918, it has been an important part of city services to Westside residents. The Chapman Branch was completely renovated, including an updated HVAC, following the collapse of the roof during 1993. A major remodel of the basement level meeting space in 2002 resulted in a much improved children's area and expanded service and collection space for adults on the ground level. A small meeting room is available for public use, and free wi-fi access is provided throughout the library. Street parking is available to the south of the building, and an external book drop is located on the east side of the building for returning library materials after hours.

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