Monday, June 29, 2009

No More Epiphanies

An installation of video, sound and photo etchings at the Schlossberg Gallery at Montserrat College of Art in October 2008. 

Ten Things

A book of related images that explores the extra visual connections between things. The images are grouped by their correlation to a narrative thread rather than a like-ness or nominal connection.
16 pages lithography and letterpress, 5x8 inches.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

In 2008 I created journals from video I shot while traveling during my sabbatical. Each of the journals represents a different kind of experience. I suppose I was originally trying to document my reaction to each city. These video pieces are excerpts of the longer journals.

His Story

This project is a development of an earlier idea about images and memory called “History Irony”. In this case it takes the form of a more straightforward story rather than separate metaphoric elements. There are five scenes in this film, which will run approximately twenty minutes in total length.

The video will combine elements of film, drawing, and digital video and multi-track sound. The drawings are my primary record of the experience and form a starting point for the video and film images. The story board drawings will generate the primary images and the sequencing of the images will create the narrative. With the drawings and film I want to build a vocabulary of images and objects from which I can construct meaning over time.

Haley and Emma

I just returned  from Cleveland where I located the grave of my grandfather Ethan A. Berry, his father and mother all in the same plot. This was somewhat of a surprise since I  was not sure where his parents had been buried.

This project began more that 20 years ago when I visited Colorado Springs to locate information about my grandfather Ethan Allen Berry who had died there, and my father who was born there in 1910 and was nicknamed Haley for Haley’s comet  which appeared that year. The search led me to Cleveland Ohio where my father grew up.  My engagement with the myth of my father and grandfather stems from the little bits of information I had about them and how I felt pulled by the old photographs to understand who my father was. By collecting documents and photographs and cross referencing genealogical information I was able to understand that my grandfather and grandmother both lived in Cleveland  before 1910 and that my grandfather died in Colorado in 1912. His mother Emma took him back to Cleveland where he grew up being called Haley.
Next week I will be going to Cleveland to visit my grandfathers grave and do research on the location of the grave of Emma Berry his wife. I am travelling with Adam Kology and Eben Kling who will be making a video about the journey. I’m calling the project “Haley and Emma”.


  1. This site is under construction. It is dedicated to Ethan Berry’s ongoing projects. There are links here to documentation, exhibits and presentations of my work. There are links to works in progress and project proposal for which I would appreciate comment.