“Chardin and Lord: Selected Works” at Reflection Gallery in April

April 4, 2013

Carrice Chardin: Caves (Removals Series), Media: Mixed - polymer clay, boar hair, led lights, wood, glass, mirrors, hardware, shadows, 2010HANCOCK, MI – The Finlandia University Reflection Gallery, Hancock, will present a multi-disciplinary exhibit of work by artists Carrice Chardin and Erica Lord from April 4 to April 30, 2013.

“Chardin and Lord: Selected Works” includes viewer-interactive sculpture, installation, photography, performance, and video.

Erica Lord: I Tan to Look More Native, Giclée print, 2006An opening reception for the exhibit will take place at the gallery on Thursday, April 4, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The artists will present a brief talk about their work.

The reception is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Carrice Chardin and Erica Lord have much in common: both have ties to Finlandia University and the Copper Country, both left the area to continue their educations, both have exhibited nationally and internationally, and both have recently returned to reside in the Copper Country.

Chardin describes her work as viewer-interactive installations, which become “uniquely complete for each person as they enter and take on their own role within the piece. Through this interaction, each viewer’s history and perspective become integral elements in the interpretation of my work.”

In her work, Lord explores issues of representation and identity, stating: “Through my work, I explore worlds in which translation is suspended-the space beyond singular identities-where worlds collide, merge, or resist each other.”

To address this mixed or multiple identity, Lord employs art, performance, and ritual. She says she is discovering ways to “find a root and affirm my position as a shifting self, understanding that in order to survive, identity and culture cannot be static.”

Chardin received a bachelor of fine arts in illustration from Finlandia University in 2008 and completed a master of fine arts in sculpture at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery and the Hamilton Hall Gallery in Philadelphia, and the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates. Chardin resides in Hancock and teaches drawing, painting, and sculpture at Finlandia University.

Lord received a bachelor of arts from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., and a master of fine arts in sculpture and photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums, including the Smithsonian Institution in New York and Washington D.C., the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. Lord taught at Finlandia in 2012; she resides in Houghton.

The Reflection Gallery is located on the second level of Finlandia’s Jutila Center campus, 200 Michigan Street, Hancock, MI 49930.

For additional information, call 906-487-7500 or e-mail finlandiareflectiongallery@gmail.com.

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Erica Lord: I Tan to Look More Native, Giclée print, 2006

Carrice Chardin: Solidifying Liquid: The Viscous Juxtaposition of Memory Suspended in Time – or – ‘Time Freeze’: Encapsulated Memory Biopsies (Viewer Interactive Installation Detail), Media: Mixed – urethane, objet trouvé,  typewriter, record player, glass case, glass dome, windows, mirrors, hardware, sculptural book: printed transparencies, handmade paper, wood, mirror, blown glass, fabric, plexi glass, 2008

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