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.”
Posted January 20th, 2011
Natural Resources, a new performance and installation work by The Bridge Club, will be on view at Lawndale Art Center in Houston Texas from January 28-March 12, with a one-night live performance during the opening reception on Friday, January 28.
About Natural Resources
Natural Resources investigates conflicting human relationships with and within the natural world through the use of two ‘natural’ substances: milk and petroleum oil. Oppositional in color and perception, these two substances are loaded with multiple metaphoric meanings and expectations (i.e., ‘mother’s milk’, ‘black gold’). Harvested or extracted from our natural surroundings for human sustenance and consumption, both offer metaphors for political or politicized human interactions with the natural world as relate to the natural and built environment, human and family relations, agriculture and animal husbandry, food and other resource production, biology and sexuality, ecology, and resource depletion.
During a one-night live performance the four members of The Bridge Club, costumed as clinical, domestic or scientific ‘resource workers,’ engage in a processing of materials and objects from everyday human life. Objects processed either in oil or in milk are carefully codified and methodically layered into large glass jars, evoking the preserved sustenance found in a pantry or the preserved posterity found in a science lab’s specimens. The mundane trappings of daily life are thus subjected to natural forces resulting in the potential for transformation, preservation or destruction.
Look for images to be posted to the ‘works’ area of this site following the performance, or please come by if you’re in the Houston area!