What makes America, America? What consumer objects link us to a shared past experience? These are some of the questions you may ponder while browsing the current art exhibit at the Robbin Gallery.
"I'm fascinated with the American obsession with objects," said Nathan Stromberg, creator of the exhibit.
Why can you remember exactly what your first car looked like? And why does an image of that car bring back so many other memories?
"Why is it that things that are made of wood and plastic mean much more than their materials?" questions Stromberg.
Perhaps the answers to all that are found in a psychology text book, but Stromberg simply recognizes that it is so and has created artwork depicting familiar pieces of Americana.
"The aesthetic design of things that are old that we assign certain memories to, objects that we had, or that our parents or grandparents had in the garage, old toys, the shape of a particular car, it’s just material, but yet, it means a lot more to us that what we realize I think," said Stromberg.
Some of the larger works took Stromber more than a hundred hours. He uses newsprint or magazine clippings of the same time period as the object he is creating. Each work is visually rewarding on two levels.
Stromberg smiled, "That's just the whole idea of trying to reward the viewer, you know, for getting up and having a closer look."
"Another Man’s Treasure" will be on display at the Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale through May 27. Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
May 19, 2017
Neil Pursley reporting