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Caleb Engstrom
has been working hard to find his place, to speak to an audience of both visual and aural interest. Generally using an acoustic guitar to create “songs that capture elements of alt. country and intelligent 60’s pop song craft” (Sean Moeller –, Engstrom has presented over two hundred shows in the past three years. 2007 marked the release of “A Mountain or a Bird, and”, an assemblage of songs “featuring mellow folk with heartfelt melodies, spare beauty and surprising turns” (NPR), released with the venerated Undertow Music Collective. The past few years have led him to share stages with some of his musical mentors and contemporaries, most notably, Phil Evelrum, Jose Gonzalez, Horse Feathers, & Arbouretum.

In addition to performing songs, video, performance/installation, and painting/drawing projects compel him. “Forty Balls, Sixteen Miles, or Four Hours”, a site specific performance (consequently documented with video), has gathered international attention. This piece particularly has informed his current projects. His work that deals with concepts of ephemerality, tests of will, and time space perspective; exploration of ideas not unfamiliar to the work of influences such as Tom Marioni, Bruce Nauman, and John Baldessari. (*Side Note: Recently enjoying work by artists David Horvitz and Francis Alÿs)

Engstrom completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art, concentrating on sculpture, ceramics, and intermedia art at The University of Iowa where he studied with Isabel Barbuzza and Jon Winet.

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