Timothy J. Gerberich


"If I lift this colt everyday..."


1975

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Billy Jean & Tim

Time After Work 1980
Tim After Work 1980

Green Poodles, IA 1980
Green Poodles, IA 1980

Installation, CA 1981

Installation, CA 1981

Installation, CA 1981
Installation, CA 1981

Orange Hares, CA 1981
Orange Hares, CA 1981

1978 Self Portrait
Self Portrait 1978
 

Timothy J. Gerberich
May 21, 1957 - February 7, 2005
 

In 1981 my older brother Tim suffered a massive head injury in a car accident. He was with four friends when the driver, fumbling for a cassette tape, hit a bridge railing. The car was impaled, and the railing impaled my brother, who was the only one injured in the crash. He was 22 years old. The injuries to his head were so vast, that neurosurgeons had to remove almost half of his left-brain. They weren't very optimistic about the quality of life.

He survived.

For the next 23 years, Tim loved and laughed, leaving the doctors baffled and impressed. After several reconstructive surgeries and years of debilitating effects, Tim moved back to the Iowa home we grew up in, and was cared for by my amazing parents.

He is a miracle.

Tim perpetually inspires my life and art. He was a born creator and became an artist loaded with innovation and charisma. He was earning a master's degree at Cal Arts when the accident occurred. The reproductions of Tim's work before his head injuries illustrate his promising career.

The trauma to his left brain devastated many of the motor activities to his right side, but Tim triumphed, continuing to make art using his left hand.

 

Steve & Tim 2002
Dan, Tim & Betty Rose 2002
Steve & Tim 2002
Dan, Tim & Betty Rose 2002
Drawing 1993
Farmhouse 1998
Drawing 1993
 Drawing 1995
 Note to Steve, 1999
Drawing 1995
Note to Steve, 1999
1994 Bird Drawing

Bird Drawing 1994
Cedar Falls Barn 1992