Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mary Bergs - Installation

Mary Bergs

Name:   Mary Bergs
City/State:  Minneapolis, MN
Website: profile:

Mary Bergs is a visual artist who lives and works in Minneapolis, MN.  Bergs works in a variety of  2D and 3D media. She has exhibited her work at The Bloomington Art Center,
Soo Visual Art Center, MN Center for Book Arts and many college and university galleries. Her work is included in the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program Bergs is a recipient of a 2013 Artist Initiative grant through the MN State Arts Board.  She holds a graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Louisville and completed a BFA at the University of MN.

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?

I am an installation artist.  I work with found images, objects and materials arranging them into large compositions.  I am interested in the unexpected connections between objects and how this influences our experience with objects we encounter everyday.  In my exhibition at the Bloomington Art Center I incorporated drawings into several of the installations, this is a new direction for my work.  It introduces the maker’s hand into the work and emphasizes formal elements of the found object compositions.  The show is titled the Sublime Mundane and pairs my found object installations with the amazing paintings of Dan Buettner.  Both of us are examining our relationship with objects and re-presenting objects to the viewer.

How did you decide to become an artist?
I decided to become an artist when I visited a remote silk weaving village in India….  a romantic and true story. 

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 

Stop thinking.  Go Play.

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art.  How do you sell your work?  How do you market yourself?
I guess I am focused on exhibiting my work and not really on creating work that is saleable.  I occasionally sell drawings, or collage work.  The installations are more about playing with ideas and thinking out loud with objects

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
Harriet Bart
Margaret Pezalla-Granlund
Ken Steinbach

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
The Twine Ball in Darwin, MN
David Petersen Gallery  www.davidpetersengallery
Franklin Art Works
Rochester Art Center  www.rochesterartcenterorg
Any small town historical society, museum, or thrift store.

In addition to, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?
Art 21
But Does it Float
Drawing Center Viewing Program

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
Sublime Mundane at the Bloomington Theater and Art Center
May 23 –July 12, 2013
Artist Talk June 27, 7:00pm
In August I will be doing a project in the garage at Tuck Under. I am playing with architectural and mechanical drawing forms and the geometry of that space.  I told Pete Driessen that I am channeling a frustrated old man who was a recluse and created drawings and inventions in his garage but they were all based on a made up understanding of geometric forms. 

Image List:  All work 2013
1. Sublime Mundane  Gallery View
2. Detail   “Listen”   (Crochet balls)
3. Sublime Mundane  Gallery View  (BlueRedLevels)
4. Detail  “Catalepsy”  (redblue)
5. "Underlined"
6. "Shelf with No.3"
7. Image of artist

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