Between city and country lies the zone: the suburb, the urban wasteland, or the strip, where signs of modern culture can be displayed, discarded, or decayed. These artists excavate the zone. Phil Bergerson concentrates on advertising, shop windows, and other forms of display. Michel Campeau visits an industrial wrecking yard where machines are strewn like dead soldiers across the field. Glenn Sloggett points his camera at derelict buildings and abandoned buildings in the outskirts of Victoria, Australia.
Phil Bergerson has exhibited internationally for over thirty years. His work has been acquired by important institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada and the Bibliothèque Nationale (France). His photographs have been published in The New Yorker, Toronto Life, the New York Times, and Walrus. In 2004 his book Shards of America was launched with a lecture at the National Gallery. Professor of photography at Ryerson University in Toronto, Bergerson been a driving force in Canadian photographic studies, organizing national and international conferences and co-founding Ryerson’s Kodak Lecture Series. His is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.
Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
3755 Botrel St.
Digs in the Zone: Phil Bergerson, Michel Campeau, and Glenn Sloggett
September 8, 2005– October 9, 2005
Tuesday to Thursday 1:00-8:00pm, Friday to Sunday 1:00-5:00pm
Opening Sunday September 11, 2005 at 2:30pm, Michel Campeau will speak