phil bergerson at Stephen Bulger Gallery (700 Queen West) to October 13. 416-504-0575. Rating: NNNN
phil bergerson's extracts of America takes an ironic look at the U.S. heartland. The Toronto-based photographer's colour-saturated square prints of quirky slices of life in regional America have been done before. (Check out Robert Rauschenberg's current show at York Quay Gallery.) But if the subject isn't entirely unique, Bergerson's images, on view at York Quay Gallery, do it very, very well.
And with a lot of humour. One image of a sign in a store window in Springfield, Missouri, reads, "We Buy Men Used/29-Up."
This stuff is more American than apple pie, but Bergerson makes it clear that he doesn't entirely approve. It's the work of an outsider, someone a little creeped out by American jingo-ism.
And very much of this time.