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Fosdick-Nelson exhibit offers Nordic view

Alfred University’s (AU) Fosdick-Nelson Gallery opens its 2014 exhibition series with an artist’s talk at 4:30 p.m. and an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 for “New Mythologies: Supernatural States and Polar Exploration.” Admission is free and open to the public.

 “New Mythologies” features the photography of Scott Alario, Simen Johan, Sarah Anne Johnson, Lydia Anne McCarthy, and Grant Willing. Johnson will present the Jan. 31 artist’s talk. Alario and McCarthy, who also curated the exhibit, will give a gallery talk on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at noon.

The artists featured in the exhibition re-imagine the Nordic landscape using photography to create alternate realities that both dazzle and quietly threaten. Inspired by the stark environment, extremes of dark and light, folklore, personal history, and contemporary culture, each artist avoids the bounds of the traditional photograph in exchange for an experimental, manipulated approach, constructing place and disorientating the viewer. While the tools used are varied, each artist’s work alludes to the uncertainty of our present moment and its coverage with the past.  

The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery is located on the third floor of Harder Hall. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 11a.m.-4p.m., and 1-3p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information about this show or upcoming events visit or contact Gallery Director Sharon McConnell at