© 2010 Terry Berlier
My work investigates how the passage of time and construction of history mediate our understanding of ingenuity and progress. In part, I consider site and audience while producing sculptures that often incorporate sound, kinetics, installation or video. I utilize found materials, technologies that are both vernacular and modern, appropriated detritus from everyday life and common building materials.
I am particularly interested in making visible technology’s vulnerabilities and illustrating how easily modern inventions can become footnotes to a bygone era. I frequently utilize subtle humor embedded in both material choices and content in order to not simply critique technological evolution but to highlight its fallibility and connection to the evolution of the physical world. As innovations alter how we perceive and interact with the world, are we coming closer to or farther from understanding each other and the world around us? In continually mining this question I find the memory of time and history preserved in the natural environment surrounding us as a major theme in my practice. Past works have addressed this via tree rings, core samples and climate change. I have also explored the architecture of nuclear storage facilities and the material waste of the housing market boom, and subsequent crash, as contemporary sites where the cyclical nature of energy consumption gets recorded. The traces and clues discovered in these investigations reveal unrelenting patterns of the past and remind us to question how we might use that evidence to ethically move forward.