Posted December 6th, 2012
The Bridge Club is thrilled and grateful to be named a 2013 grant recipient by The Idea Fund, a regional re-granting program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Idea Fund is administered through DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses in Houston, TX. The Bridge Club’s Idea Fund grant will be used to support a Texas tour of The Trailer project in 2013. More info about The Trailer can be found on the project website at www.bridgeclubtrailer.com
The following ten artists and artist collectives will each receive $4,000 ($3,500 for the awarded project, plus $500 seed money for future work) to create and showcase innovative artistic projects in the coming year:
The Bridge Club – Art and Performance Collaborative
Everything Records / Robert Hodge and Philip Pyle
Ryan O’Malley, Joe Pena, Dr. Amber Scoon, and Jack Gron
Stephanie Saint Sanchez
Ethel Shipton and Nate Cassie
Walley Films – Mark Walley and Angela Walley
Posted November 22nd, 2012
The Bridge Club’s mobile installation and performance project, The Trailer, has a new website! www.bridgeclubtrailer.com is the online component of The Trailer project. Via the website, we will be collecting and displaying audience contributions of stories, drawing, photographs, memories and souvenirs, in addition to chronicling The Trailer project’s activities. Please take a look– and, please consider sharing your own stories! These contributions just may show up in a future performance work.
Posted July 2nd, 2012
The Bridge Club has been commissioned to create a live performance work for FLUX 2012, a one-night live art festival presented by Atlanta’s Flux Projects, to take place on Saturday, October 6, 2012.
The Bridge Club’s performance, titled Loose Snare, will involve the four artists of The Bridge Club moving intentionally through the fabric of the crowd at a visibly slowed pace, following an internal logic or set of ‘rules’ for movement that is not immediately apparent to viewers, but whose pattern can be visibly detected with careful attention. Each performer will carry a ladder or step stool, which will then be sporadically set up both amidst and apart from gathered viewers, and used by the performers to climb up above audience level. Each performer will also carry a custom-made, Victorian-style ‘ear trumpet’ that will be used to visually communicate a physical effort to hear something ephemeral over the din of the crowd. This visual clue will in turn signal to the audience to also listen, possibly allowing them to better hear the sound emanating from audio equipment hidden on the performers’ bodies, and thus creating ‘quiet’ moments within the crowd.
The four performers will repeatedly and slowly disband and converge throughout the performance’s duration. This repeated slow convergence, at times joining or fracturing existing groups within the crowd, will operate as a subtle visual and psychological attempt to ensnare disparate individuals, as if pulling taut a rope around an invisible space. Performance action will thus interrupt existing relationships and form new relationships among gathered viewers. As the four performers lose proximity to one another, their collective identity is lost, but as they re-converge purpose becomes more apparent. This work investigates the nature of both shared and isolated experience even within a crowded mass or community.
Other artists participating in this event:
Jacob Abramson & Suzette Guy
Stefani Byrd + Wes Eastin
Evereman & Catlanta
Images will of course be posted here following the event, and we look forward to meeting folks in the Atlanta arts community!
Posted April 26th, 2012
The Bridge Club’s in-production performance & mobile installation project, ‘The Trailer,’ will be featured on the Creative Capital organization’s ‘On Our Radar’ website through August 31, 2012. ‘On Our Radar’ is a searchable database featuring all projects that made it to the final rounds in last year’s Creative Capital Visual Arts & Film/Video grants. We were honored to make it to the fourth and final round in last year’s grant application process, and are grateful for this fantastic organization’s ongoing support of artists and their work. Take a look! http://creative-capital.org/onourradar
Posted July 29th, 2011
The Bridge Club will perform a new work, titled Applied Geometry, as part of The Wassaic Project‘s annual Summer Festival on Saturday, August 6th 2011, between 5 – 7pm.
The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is a free annual multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, and community in the hamlet of Wassaic, NY. The 2011 Festival will feature over 100 artists, 23 bands, poetry readings, dance performances, film screenings, and much more. August 5th-7th, 2011. Art Reception in Maxon Mills, Saturday 5pm-7pm. For more information: http://www.wassaicproject.org/summer-festival/overview-info/
Posted July 1st, 2011
The Bridge Club will be creating a site-specific live performance and residual installation work, titled Oculus, on the grounds of the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy, New York, as part of the CAC’s upcoming Dwell outdoor commissioned artworks series. The Bridge Club’s work will be located on the lawn below the rose window in the CAC’s main administration building, the former Woodside Presbyterian Church, with the live performance taking place on Friday, August 5th, 2011 from approximately 7 – 8pm.
From the series’ curators, Michael Oatman & Leah Rico: “Dwell seeks to blur the boundary between sculpture and the built environment. The Contemporary Artists Center, Woodside will [present] a wide-range of related and minimally tangential [works] including but not at all limited to themes as diverse as politics of housing, formal aesthetics, architecture, sustainability and ‘shelters’ for site specific performative happenings.”