‘Becoming Obsolete’, Artwork by Martin Nelson, opens at Central Lakes College Art Gallery

On display from Feb. 6 – Mar. 6, open to the public Monday - Friday, 9 - 3 pm.

Becoming Obsolete
This art piece will be among Martin Nelson's work on display in the exhibition titled “Becoming Obsolete.” Nelson's work will be on display from Feb. 6 through March 6 at Central Lakes College Art Gallery. Submitted Photo

Central Lakes College Art Gallery presents ‘Becoming Obsolete’, Artwork by Martin Nelson. This exhibition showcases collage and mixed media work of Martin Nelson, as he observes the changing world around us. Viewed from many different angles, ‘Becoming Obsolete’, speaks of the growing tension between us as humans and the world that we live in, a world that is falling apart before our eyes, due to our own actions. Natural disasters are becoming more extreme and global warming is at an all-time high, all leading us and our surroundings to become obsolete, out of date and used up at a growing rate with minimal signs of improvement in sight. In addition to the environmental aspect, ‘Becoming Obsolete’, focuses on traditions, cultures, ways of life which have all been pushed aside to make room for the “new” and next big thing. Ideas and themes of the old ways playing alongside futuristic entities are entertained throughout various pieces on display. Both of these situations of obsoleteness mix together based off of each other’s physical shifts, as well as outside influences, through current events of our time. In the end, this exhibition presents everything for what it is, as it all interacts together, as well as sending a wakeup call to open your eyes and take a stand.

Martin Nelson is a 2017 graduate of Central Lakes College in the Graphic Design program. He has exhibited his work at the Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, along with other select galleries and exhibition spaces both locally and nationally. In 2016 his work was published in Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 33. He currently lives in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and works out of his home studio there.

An artist talk will accompany the exhibition and be held on Thursday, February 6, from 3:00 - 3:30 pm in the CLC Art Gallery, room #E422. Visitors will learn more about the artwork in the exhibition and how it all came together, along with Martin’s personal creative process for creating his work. Visitors will also have the opportunity to ask questions about everything that is presented.

An opening reception will follow the artist talk at 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6.

This exhibition and all events associated with it are free and open to the public.


The exhibition is on display from Feb. 6 – Mar. 6, and is open to the public Monday - Friday, 9 - 3 pm.

Central Lakes College Art Gallery is located at Central Lakes College (Brainerd Campus), #E422, 501 West College Drive, Brainerd, MN, 56401.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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