“Rural Aesthetic Initiative: New works by Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin” is the latest exhibit in the Central Lakes College Gallery in Brainerd. The art is displayed through Nov. 4. The paths of Bergh and Nordin crossed while studying art in San José, Calif. Since that time, they have constructed a similar if not shared artistic vision for themselves which at times has included collaborative projects. Like any married couple, their influences and intentions illustrate a polarity of conceptual synergy and tension. Recently, Bergh and Nordin have embarked on a public art project titled “Inheritance of Location,” a site-based video installation to be presented in 2011. At the apex of this new project is “Rural Aesthetic Initiative,” a moniker that suits their shared experience of being artists living in a small rural town in west central Minnesota. “Rural Aesthetic Initiative” allows Bergh and Nordin to present both collaborative works and their individual studio practices under a shared umbrella of identity. Their intention is to continue to exhibit and create works in this fashion, combining the strengths and weaknesses of their egos into one neat package. Bergh teaches drawing at St. Cloud State University and is the marketing manager at Glacial Ridge Winery. Nordin received a grant focusing on public art around the glacial lakes state trail in west central Minnesota.
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