by Russ Nordman
March 29 – May 17, 2012
Born in Charles City, Iowa, Russ Nordman received his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1991. He returned later to study Film and Video Production and partnered with Hans Breder, an internationally recognized video artist. Nordman and Breder formed a digital based performance group called “Liminoid Laboratory” which performed in numerous places including St. Petri Kirche in Dortmund, Germany. In 2001-2002, Nordman taught in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa and now is an Associate Professor of Intermedia and Digital Art at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. Nordman’s work has been exhibited internationally, including the California Museum of Photography, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. In 2005, Nordman and his wife Jody Boyer created Echotrope, a nomadic arts organization which seeks to expand the presence of experimental film, video and new media art in the Midwest.
“This new series of digital prints is an exploration of my fascinations with machines, satellites and Iowa agricultural and vernacular architecture. These artworks are created through digital collage with digital photographs, no 3-D modeling software is used in the creation of these works. They are imaginative reconfigurations of grain elevators, farm buildings and other Iowa architecture while reflecting my imagination for machines, gizmos and the galaxies.”