September 21, 2016

Artists Tim Berg, Rebekah Myers to visit campus

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Collaborative artists Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers will visit the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Sept. 26.

Their art talk begins at 7 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. The public is welcome.

These collaborative artists work in ceramics and operate Myers Berg Studios in Claremont, Calif. Their work is, at times, a humorous take on American consumer culture. Many of their high gloss ceramic sculptures are a series showing a change to the original piece. For example, they have several sculptures of popsicles that are whole in the first sculpture, showing a bite missing in the second and then nearly gone in the final sculpture. Others highlight animals, good luck charms and dinosaurs.

“Our objective is to distill the stereotypical perceptions and associations within our culture into visually compelling objects, sculptures and installations,” they wrote in an artists’ statement. “Whether we are creating an installation describing the impending doom of the dinosaurs or a valise filled with gold lucky charms, our iconography is drawn from the animals, objects or situations that operate as commonplace tropes within our culture.”

They have exhibited their work in various shows in the United States, Mexico, South Korea, Qatar and Kuwait, and some of their pieces are in private collections in the United States and Europe. They describe their work as a humorous take on American consumer culture.

For more information or to find out how to participate in a workshop, contact the Jam Lovell at