Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Mixed Media Installations by Jordan Siegler at Reflection Gallery in November

HANCOCK -- The Finlandia University Reflection Gallery, Hancock, will host an exhibit of mixed media installations by Jordan Siegler from Nov. 1 to Nov. 27, 2010.

An opening reception and artist talk will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Reflection Gallery in the Jutila Center. The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Jordan Siegler, a graduate of Finlandia University's International School of Art and Design, is exhibiting his mixed media installations at Finlandia's Reflection Gallery through Nov. 27.

The exhibit, "ContraPerspectives," translates stories from a childhood perspective into an adult mindset. Siegler explains that the exhibit is concept-heavy and uses a collection of media and materials to tell a story. The materials include Styrofoam, plastic wrap, lint, clothing, and spray paint.

Siegler says that the show was developed through his exploration of and meditation on two perspectives separated by time. His exploration of the child’s perspective and the adult’s perspective has melded a fascinating exhibition.

Siegler approaches his creative process with the belief that the resulting pieces are secondary to the concept behind them. He explains that to fully appreciate his installations, time must be taken to understand their intentions.

Lint 19, by Jordan Siegler. Material: Dryer lint. (Photos courtesy Finlandia University)

"The lint pieces in this exhibit are a restoration, post-breakdown," Siegler notes. "Lint is a cast-aside remnant of a violent process. I’ve built it into something that resembles its origin, but is in no way the same and will never function in the way it would have prior to violence. Lint is purity lost. I am the shirt and pants, restored."

Siegler’s use of Styrofoam, plastic wrap, and spray paint are from the aged, adult perspective.

"Toxic processes and materials, melted Styrofoam, layers of suffocating plastic wrap -- this is the perspective of distant memory. It’s simply a matter of perspective," he explains.

Styrofoam, by Jordan Siegler. Material: Styrofoam and spray paint.

Jordan Siegler completed a bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in sustainable design at Finlandia University in 2009. He has been employed as a project manager at the Marketing Department Inc., Houghton, Mich., since January 2010.

The Reflection Gallery is on the second level of Finlandia’s Jutila Center campus, Hancock. For additional information, please contact Yueh-mei Cheng, professor of studio arts, at 906-487-7375 or e-mail FinlandiaReflectionGallery@gmail.com.

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