Multimedia artists Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau will transform Kiehle Gallery with a presentation of sculpture and dance this January.
The artist duo will be on hand to open “Rome” their multimedia sculpture exhibit at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Kiehle Visual Arts Center. Lum and Desranleau are multidisciplinary visual artists based in Montreal, Canada.
The opening will feature a performance by BodyCartography, a Minneapolis dance duo made up of Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad, who will perform a live dance with the installation 4-5 p.m. Jan. 26.
An artists’ talk will follow the performance.
The exhibit will transform the gallery to create a series of sculptures that hang from the ceilings and walls or sit on the floor offering the potential for interaction. The installation includes two projections of dancers interacting with the artwork.
Their show is the fifth event in the School of the Arts’ 2015-16 Creative Art Series. The 10 events in the second-annual series are designed to expand students’ experiences and the public’s perspectives by introducing them to new concepts and perceptions in the School of the Arts’ four disciplines — art, film, theatre and music.
Lum and Desranleau’s work focuses on the lifespan of material. On how material stresses cause fading, scuffing, peeling, crumpling or crushing and how these reactions can be seen to animate the materials.
The pair have exhibited together widely including recent shows at The Confederation Center for The Arts Gallery in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and The Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College in Chicago. Their work is collected by the Victoria and Albert Museum and by the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
The artists will be at St. Cloud State installing their show with the help of Professor Alexa Horochowski’s sculpture students and Assistant Professor Godfre Leung’s curatorial studies students Jan. 18-22.
Students will assist with all aspects of the installation, learning from the artists how technical and creative decisions are made. Moreover students will have the opportunity to observe firsthand a collaboration between visual artists and BodyCartography dance members.
The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 25. Admission to Kiehle Gallery is free and the gallery is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Each visiting artist in the Creative Art Series interacts with students and presents a free public performance to open the experience to members of the public. The series also includes highly-celebrated events by St. Cloud State’s own students and faculty.