In the Atrium Gallery...
Exhibiting Artist: Nathan Stromberg
March 10 – May 1, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Nathan Stromberg uses collage as a medium to navigate and comment on post-war America, as interpreted through instantly recognizable objects of the era. His images carry a stylistic look bound to a specific place in history—a time in our collective American past that made us who we are today. These glimpses of the everyday, such as stylized kitchen objects and period fashion, connect us through shared memory and speak to a collective national identity.
These images communicate across decades, and have the ability to elicit a wide range of viewer responses, from feelings of nostalgia and longing for lost times to feelings of repression and skepticism. As art objects, they are widely accessible and at first glance even appear superficial, but they are simultaneously profound in the ideas they explore and the process by which they are made. The iconic object is given new life in a new context to comment on an ever-changing American identity.
Percolator in Chrome, vintage magazine collage
About the Artist
Nathan Stromberg is a painter and collage artist based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts degree from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and a Studio Art degree from Bethel University. He has exhibited his work locally and nationally through solo and group exhibitions. He has also created large scale painted murals, designed theater sets, and illustrated an award-winning children's book. He teaches all forms of visual art and design to high school students at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis.