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Strange, Fluid Forms: Sculpture by Jon von Bergen

A sculpture where the gallery wall appears to be stretching into a glass vitrineAnti-Precious Moment, MDF, polymer-gypsum, plexiglass, flocking, wall paint

Sculptor John von Bergen’s recent practice involves strange, fluid forms and partially coloured objects. Some of his work’s seem to be actively attempting to escape the gallery space – or in some cases, infiltrate it.


Von Bergen also has a propensity for creating interest in the mundane. His Sentimental… series places seemingly random objects, all painted in a uniform ash grey, on stark white pedestals. Separated from their usual environments and isolated they become like symbols of objects or dream-like memory fragments.


A sculpture with several graphite bolts places on a small shelfSentimental...(Bolts), plymer-gypsum, fibreglass, graphite

I also find von Bergen’s Chronic series quite interesting. Using a mixture of plaster and gypsum sculpting materials and a coat of rust paint and graphite, he creates forms that seem to undergo a chemical change at their middle point, changing from white gallery drywall to rusted industrial steel. This idea of unexpected physicality is a fascinating running theme in much of Jon’s sculpture. 


a sculpture with a sheet of gypsum made to look like rusted metalChronic #6, drywall, epoxy, wall paint, rust paint, graphite

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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