The independent artist is one who places... imagination apart from theory, and who is forthright in the expression of his or her idiosyncratic vision. Such an artist uses whatever technique lies readily at hand in the cultural environment, without ideological attachment to it. Such an artist chooses his or her materials, both physical and psychological, from among those that are handy and naturally congenial, without regard to fashion.

This is what von Bergen has done and is doing. He is the figure of the poet in the wilderness, eminently practical, a builder devoted not primarily to the products of his own hands as such but to their inter-influential relationship with the world.
- Hayden Carruth