Dean Project
Till October 29th 2011

DEAN PROJECT presents On the Brink, the second solo exhibition by the collaborative team: Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers.

Continuing with their exploration of ideas of material value and the consequences of the actions we take to satisfy our desires, Berg-Myers have created a new body of works.  This current exhibition is meant to provide the viewers with objects-situations where our choices are put to the test in how we understand the value of the things we do.

Some of the works in the exhibition have titles such as “All that glitters” and “As good as gold” which echo marketing tools employed in our contemporary culture to attract with a promise of guaranteed satisfaction if consumed.

Other works, such as “Against the tide“ and “Souvenirs” are examples of how the polar bear could become extinct do to our treatment of the environment. Eventually nature will remain present in our culture in the form of man-made objects that represent what once was real. These man-made objects end up in our homes where we will value them without realizing that they represent the real thing.


"Things fall apart, they break, fracture, both: material and metaphorical is a part of our lives. In this exhibition fracture acts as a unifying principle, unifying themes as diverse as luck, consumption and value. Sometimes something must be broken or fractured in order for us to see its value. This may be especially true for our environment." - Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers


Robert Bird, Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The University of Chicago; Christopher Heuer, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University; Matthew Jesse Jackson, Associate Professor of Art History and the Department of Visual Arts, The University of Chicago; Tumelo Mosaka, Curator of Contemporary Art, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Stephanie Smith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Smart Museum of Art; with Richard A. Born, Senior Curator, Smart Museum of Art, as coordinating curator.

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 All that glitters, 2011 Fiberglass, paint, ceramic, faux gold leaf 28 x 52 x 13   Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers As good as gold, 2011 Ceramic 36 x 72 x 9 inches Editi Against the tide, 2011 Ceramic, urethane paint, maple 36 x 45 x 18 inches (hwd) Hope Springs Eternal, 2007 Ceramic, wood Installation view, approx 72

Image Credits 
(1) Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers, All that glitters, 2011, Fiberglass, paint, ceramic, faux gold leaf 28 x 52 x 13 inches Edition 6
(2) Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers,  As good as gold, 2011, Ceramic, 36 x 72 x 9 inches (hwd)series of 5;  Courtesy of Dean Project

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