TuckUnder projects: A gallery in a home

Work by Frank and Pamela Gaard for TuckUnder's last show
Work by Frank and Pamela Gaard for TuckUnder's last show

TuckUnder projects, a southwest Minneapolis gallery located in the personal residence of artist Pete Driessen, will host another unique opening this weekend. The event will feature an installation by Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin (Rural Aesthetic Initiative) inside Driessen's garage. 

Sarah Wolbert 
Sarah Wolbert 

Part of the TuckUnder gallery includes a raspberry-patch installation designed by Sarah Wolbert that is still in development. Wolbert has set up trellis systems in Driessen's backyard garden, but some parts of the patch have grown slower than others, and they've been battling Japanese beetles and other critters. So, it's not quite shaped the way they want it yet. Still, "the expectation is that it's a little shaggy," she says. 

Driessen had a call for proposals in January, and the first show opened this May. With the help of an MRAC grant and some other support, he installed sheet rock and lighting in his garage. 

"Originally I was going to move my studio here," he says. "I ran into roadblocks, and decided to share it with others, furthering my amateur notion of curation." 

Driessen's not interested in creating a "scene," but rather seeks a smaller, more academic, neighborhood-friendly setting. He's negotiating how far visitors might come into his own home. For Frank and Pamela Gaard's recent showing, he hung some work inside, as well as in the garage. He's also in talks with Scott Stulen, who plans a conceptual "estate sale" throughout his home. 

by Rural Aesthetic Initiative
by Rural Aesthetic Initiative

Long Ago and Tomorrow is a video collaboration by husband-and-wife team Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin. The duo work with images of mid-Minnesota agricultural land and rural activity, using footage of prairie grasses, wild flowers, and corn furrows. The videos include "vignettes, pieces of time and activity, collaged and juxtaposed," says Nordin. There's also a "sculptural element that houses a screen that works almost like a lens or window, and this isolates and embellishes light from the window," he says. 

"[The video] makes specific the space and place we are coming from -- where our heads are existing," says Nordin. "There's not a cacophony of traffic or street noise or density of population that might be background inspiration or tone. If anything, the space and sound of the country allows for a quieter voice to come in." 

According to Bergh, the artists wanted to focus less on a traditional use of projection, instead emphasizing the nature of TuckUnder's specific space. "The concrete floor has a lot of visual interest, and it also diffuses the nature of projecting, as there isn't a perfect blank white surface to bounce off." 

Nordin says the inherent clear focus of HD video interested the artists, as it "makes certain things more vibrant than a photograph or an oil painting, and there is a technological light that is oddly comforting and familiar given the amount of time we all sit in front of screens." 

The work was designed to be placed in different spaces. In some locations, it has been lost or has gone mostly unnoticed. "In the TuckUnder space I imagine it will be hard to miss. What has been interesting for us is how this simple shape translates into different spaces and how audiences react or respond to it," Bergh says.


"Lisa Bergh & Andrew Nordin/Rural Aesthetic Initiative/Long Ago and Tomorrow"
TuckUnder Projects
5120 York Avenue South, Minneapolis
Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Thursday, August 2
Exhibition runs through September 2
Gallery hours are unstructured Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment
Email [email protected] to confirm open hours

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