Heather Mekkelson & Bill Berger–Invisible Apocalypse

Work by Heather Mekkelson and Bill Berger

Roots & Culture
9/7/12 - 10/6/12

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.

Heather Mekkelson "Ends of Other Ages" telephone books, PVA glue, pigment, plastic pennant banner 2012

Heather Mekkelson "Ends of Other Ages" detail

Heather Mekkelson "The Final Glorious World" plastic fence, linen, paint, wood table base 2012

Heather Mekkelson "Escape the Day Without Pity" steel, cement 2012

Heather Mekkelson "The Future (for Bob)" cement, foam, framed mirror 2012

Heather Mekkelson "We Know How to Tell Many Lies" silicon, rubberized steel hook 2012

Heather Mekkelson "Looters Shot Fox" plywood, charcoal 2012