By Kat Murrell
June 18, 2014
Artist Leo Saul Berk suggests that you can go home again. In fact, doing so may prompt a rich body of work as seen in his exhibition “The Uncertainty of Enclosure,” currently on view at Inova. In the 1980s, his family relocated to the United States from England. Berk was about 6 years old and his parents’ hunt for a new residence in Aurora, Ill., was not going well. At the last moment, they found a most unlikely new abode: a futuristic house designed by visionary architect Bruce Goff in 1948. The main living space, with its ribbed dome, looks like an umbrella or pumpkin, and the materials used in construction include Quonset hut supports, linear acres of hemp rope and cannel coal.
Berk has come to realize how deeply he was affected by the inventive forms of his childhood home and how the architecture suggested possibilities in his own creative work. Several years ago he went back to the house and took a chance by knocking on the door. The current owner, an architectural historian and preservationist, not only invited him in but arranged for him to stay a few days with the intention of making art.
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