University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Leo Saul Berk: The Uncertainty of Enclosure

June 7 - August 14, 2014
Opening Reception, June 6, 6-8pm


Leo Saul Berk, Clinkers, 2011, courtesy of the artist

Can a house make you who you are? The Uncertainty of Enclosure asks this question as it explores the impact of an unconventional residence — Bruce Goff’s Ford House in Aurora, IL — on the art of Leo Saul Berk. Berk has created a body of work informed by his childhood experience growing up in the house, his historical research, and his ongoing reflection on the house's pivotal role in the development of his artistic vision. The resulting sculptures, photographs, and videos reimagine architect Bruce Goff’s radical choice of materials, unusual volumes, and organic forms, and resonate at the intersection of craft and expressivity, intuition and measure.

Support for this exhibition is provided in part by grants from the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the New Foundation Seattle.