Growing up with a passion for art and nature, Kelly Berg is now an up and coming renowned Los Angeles-based artist. Berg first took a step into the art industry when her interest in archaeology was ignited by a trip to Europe in 2008. Upon seeing magnificent structures, tombs, roads and walls all constructed centuries ago with minimal materials, her passion to recreate those sites took flight. Painting with strong lines and energy, her art showcases the chaos that is in nature and defines it through bright colors and shapes. Traveling around the world, Berg has accumulated a multitude of skills and appreciation for the natural world, bringing those characteristics into her own artwork – dedicated to show what she has physically seen.
With a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, years of her artwork is displayed in museums, venues, halls and events across Los Angeles, and having an artist-in-residence at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California, Berg has developed a strong name and career for herself. Residing in Los Angeles where she maintains a studio, Berg has now traveled south to Laguna Beach to share her unique creativity with the community.
The Laguna Art Museum housed her newest work and exhibit – Pyramidion.
“Pyramidion is an interactive sculptural experience inviting contemplation of the layered history and unique geology of Laguna Beach – the temporality of the installation parallels much of the earth’s landscapes that shift and change.” - Laguna Art Museum
Berg created the exhibit to be an interactive, and expressive experience – bringing in the audience to visually absorb the differences in environment. The seven pyramids were designed with four reflective and color-shifting sides, from 20 inches to 6 feet tall. The Laguna Art Museum became the main location for the exhibit, then different pyramid sculptures were placed across Heisler Park and Main Beach. Journeying through the three locations, participants are able to see the pyramids in different environments, weather climates, social congestion and geology – mainly capturing the effects of climate change, erosion and the encompassing changes the areas have undergone.
“Each of these locations, I selected really carefully. I wanted the entire exhibition to be walkable because one of my inspirations [for my work], I actually would take hikes. That’s where I take photographs that I work from with my paintings.” - Kelly Berg
Portable placement allows for the viewer to see a variety of colors, patterns and tones reflected off each sculpture – sparking and emitting various emotions and feelings. Each pyramid sculpture was placed in a certain location depending on the landscape and colors of the surrounding areas, bringing out the ultimate, vibrant reflection for each sculpture. The color-shifting technique makes the sculptures absorb the colors surrounding it, depending on the landscapes. They become a solid green from the trees above or a mixture of blues and purples from the beach and sky.
Larger, more reflective pieces were placed in more spacious areas like on the beach or on the grass in Heisler Park. This allows for the sun to cover more surface area, bouncing off rainbow patterns. Smaller, taller and darker pieces were placed in tighter, more confined spots, like near the base of a cliffside. The main sculpture was placed near the lifeguard tower in Main Beach, in between both the expansive ocean and the enveloping canyons – mirroring both sides of nature here in Southern Orange County.
“I love that journey through the canyon, seeing all of those rocks up on either side, just the light that comes through that canyon. I love the idea of coming into town and seeing a Pyramidion where that canyon landscape and the town meets the beach and that endless horizon of the ocean.” - Kelly Berg
The outdoor exhibits were from November 3rd to 6th, ending their journey at the Coast Film and Music Festival.
Impacting the Community of Laguna Beach
Kelly Berg’s artwork is seen by many as a visual treat. Now intertwining the community within her art, Berg brings a new meaning to interactive. The Pyramidion showcases how light and colors can be unstable and unpredictable, bringing more thought to the viewer's mind. Each time the sculptures are viewed, each participant sees something different due to personal perspective and the ever changing environment status – increasing curiosity about each location.
The Pyramidion collection has become a visual staple for the environment and local community. It gives those that live in the area or traveling through a visual representation of the beauty that is our surrounding environment. According to a found study, 65% of the population are visual learners, furthermore, the use of visual representations aids long-term memory. The Pyramidion collection pushes the idea of protecting our oceans, landscapes, canyons and beyond to improve the cleanliness, stability and beauty of them all – giving strong support for the delicately intertwined ecosystems within.
The Pyramidion challenges the normal medium and version of interpreted art. It allows for the participants to view and perceive the colors and patterns within the sculptures as they please, allowing for a more relatable and well rounded exhibit – gaining strong popularity. Having locations based in and scattered around the heart of Laguna Beach, each pyramid serves a purpose for that specific landscape. The Pyramidion brings a new and fresh outlook on supporting the environment, its wildlife and the community that is built within. The Laguna Beach community is proud to present Berg’s Pyramidion exhibit and continues to showcase its strong ideals of preserving the planet.
The Pyramidion exhibit will stay installed at the Laguna Art Museum until February 5th, 2023.
Kelly Berg maintains an art studio in Los Angeles and continues to showcase her artwork throughout the state. Check out her page to learn more about the artist.
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