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Montgomery, Alabama, 2004. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

Phil Bergerson: American Artifacts

21 March–10 May 2014

Private View

Thursday 20 March, 6–8 pm

Book Launch

Tuesday 15 April, 6.30–8 pm

Phil Bergerson in conversation with Marco Bohr, followed by a book signing


WORK is pleased to present Phil Bergerson: American Artifacts.

Since 1995, Canadian photographer Phil Bergerson has made numerous extended road-trips throughout the United States, criss-crossing the continent in search of the scattered remnants of the ‘American Dream’.

American Artifacts presents an extract from this sweeping topographical survey. Bergerson’s photographs unearth liminal spaces inscribed with the residue of human behaviour and surplus cultural production: places where detritus, disappointments and desires collide in shop window displays, hand-painted mural and crudely made signs. Operating as both documentary photographer and cultural commentator, Bergerson draws on the American social landscape tradition to assemble a complex and poetic photographic portrait of a nation in transition.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of American Artifacts by Black Dog Publishing, a unique photographic book featuring seven suites of tightly sequenced images bracketed by the writings of Margaret Atwood and Nathan Lyons.


New York, New York, 2003 by Phil Bergerson is the eleventh print in WORK’s limited edition print series, which is produced in collaboration with exhibiting artists. New York, New York, 2003 is a gicleé print in an edition of 16, available exclusively through WORK Gallery. Please click here for further details.


All works exhibited in American Artifacts are available for sale. Please contact the gallery at for details.


Phil Bergerson (Toronto, 1947) has been photographing and exhibiting internationally for over 40 years. His work can be found in many significant public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. Now Professor Emeritus, Bergerson taught photography at Ryerson University, Toronto for 30 years where he received many awards including the prestigious Sahota Award for excellence in teaching and creative research. His critically acclaimed book, Shards of America was published in 2004 and exhibited throughout North America. The combination of his work in Shards and American Artifacts represents a powerful insight into the ironic twists and turns in American cultural value systems over the past 20 years. He is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.