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PHIL BERGERSON: EMBLEMS AND REMNANTS OF THE AMERICAN DREAM
January 22 – April 13, 2014
Guest Curated by David Harris
University Gallery

 

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Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream

Image Caption: Phil Bergerson, Martinsville, Indiana, 2006, inkjet colour print from colour negative © Phil Bergerson. Image courtesy the Stephen Bulger Gallery, the artist and the Ryerson Image Centre

Since 1995, Canadian photographer Phil Bergerson has made dozens of extended road-trips, criss-crossing the United States in search of the ‘American Dream’. Drawing upon the social landscape tradition, Bergerson found his material amid the melancholic detritus of the contemporary city: in modest store window displays, hand-painted murals, graffiti, and crudely-made signs. Here is a chaotic urban topography, one fuelled by unmoored dreams, raw desires, commercial fantasies, rampant patriotism, religious fervour, and a smouldering violence. The sumptuous colour photographs elicit a sense of both wonderment and disquiet, and ultimately a yearning for order, for meaning.

Bergerson’s new book, American Artifacts (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2014), is also available for purchase at the Ryerson Image Centre. Please visit our publications page for full details. For more information on Bergerson, please visit his website: philbergerson.ca


Related lectures and events:

Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 7pm
Phil Bergerson: American Artifacts
LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street
Presented by the School of Image Arts

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream with guest curator David Harris and photographer Phil Bergerson. Bergerson will also be signing copies of his new book, American Artifacts

For more information, please visit our upcoming lectures and events page.

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