Phil Bergerson: Shards of America

09 Sep 2004 - 02 Jan 2005

For over 25 years, Toronto photographer Phil Bergerson has explored "the quirky elements within the social landscape." The book Shards of America is the culmination of his 10-year odyssey through the signs that people leave behind, which speak both literally and figuratively about our culture and societal values. In this selection of highlights from the publication, Bergerson focuses on architecture, streets, and signage in complex and layered views. In these images, garish colours, scrawled messages, bizarre architectural elements, flags, newspapers,consumer goods, and kitschy artefacts clash and become the stage for a human comedy. An expanded version of the exhibition will tour to other galleries in Canada