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Élan Chardin: This Room has to do with the Measurement of Time

August 2 - August 8

water media drawing of an abstracted figure floating with yellow and orange marks and shapes

This Room Has to do with the Measurement of Time
Élan Chardin

I work across media in this exhibition to explore grief, memory and the psyche as unseen forces that work in profound ways in our lives. The inquiry presented in This Room Has to do with the Measurement of Time is a cross pollination involving the thoughts and images between the conscious and unconscious mind, memory, emotion and the experience of embodiment—intelligences that can be undervalued—but which may be primary in creating our shared reality. Using provisional materials and transparency of process, I employ devices of weight, time, and space in these constructed paintings, which seldom sit neatly on the wall. They question the form, structure, and context of painting in the same way that I probe the hierarchy of intelligences. The resulting visual language is both personal and suggestive of archetypal forms. Writing has been an integral part of forming this system.

The artworks are titled with lines from a book of poetry written in conjunction with this project, entitled Here is Where a Warm Wind Convinces you, 2022. The work, bodies pull the tether (when dreaming they sense the draw to be a seam-stress unseaming the fold containing the line—the inquiry and the delicate attention), occupies the gallery space as a space in itself, possibly a closet, a nook, a dream, or the interior of a wall. In this way it invites the viewer to inhabit this body form. Other works hang from the walls giving into gravity, pulling toward the floor, or composing structures split apart by their own attachment devices, embodying unseen forces in physical form.



Wheelchair accessible, Service Animals allowed
Women curated, Women artist(s)
Event Type
Exhibition, Gallery, Visual Art
Pandemic Info
Kid Friendly


Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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