Invisible Apocalypse: Work by Heather Mekkelson and Bill Berger
The work of Bill Berger experiments with slow change and entropy. He works mainly in video and non-traditional photography. His recent works involve the effects of decay brought on by long exposure to sunlight and shadows. Utilizing a technique of exposing colored construction paper to sunlight, the deterioration of the paper in fact brings forth the “idea” of shape, an after image. These illusionary trace forms represent space through the entropic process of prolonged exposure to sunlight.
On view will be new sculpture by Heather Mekkelson. Much like her previous work, Debris Field, Mekkelson’s new works show a clear event-narrative—that something menacing, traumatic or apocalyptic has occurred. But a feeling of déjà-vu, an impression that something is “off”, or a realization of the impossible, leads to a second-look that reveals the fiction she has imposed on the sculpture. With this new body of work, the focus shifts to singular objects and discrete groupings that capture indescribable aspects of confronting the ruin of modern life.