Posted March 7th, 2013
Inheritance, an installation and live performance by The Bridge Club, will be on view at Box13 Art Space in Houston from March 9- April 20, with the live performance taking place Tuesday, March 19 from 5-8PM (to coincide with the NCECA conference). Please join us!
Inheritance is an accumulative exhibition and live performance featuring the simple, domestic act of washing dinnerware. In its initial state, the installation features the spare arrangement of fragile, unfired porcelain dinnerware, awaiting activation through use. Midway through the exhibition, the actions of the live performance will activate and transform these objects, and by the exhibit’s close, the installation will consist of residues.
The work’s title, Inheritance, refers to the physical and emotional belongings, expectations and legacies that are passed down between generations.
Posted January 7th, 2013
Still, an exhibition of photographs by The Bridge Club, will be on view at Art Palace gallery in Houston, TX from January 11 – February 16, 2013. A short live performance work by The Bridge Club will also take place during the exhibit’s opening reception, to be held on January 11 from 6-8pm. We hope to see you in Houston!
From the exhibit’s press release:
“This collection of photographs connects the spaces, objects and roles occupied by The Bridge Club’s temporal performance works. Each still offers intimate access to the hypnotic and beguiling worlds they create. Through intentionally isolating and freezing these fleeting moments the artists allow for an alternative experience of their work to draw new connections through time, space and narrative action.”
Posted December 10th, 2012
The Bridge Club’s project The Trailer is featured in the December 2012 issue of Arts + Culture Houston magazine, in an article by curator/ author Nancy Zastudil titled “Roam If You Want To.”
The article includes a description of the project, pieces of the author’s interview with Bridge Club member Annie Strader, and a great profile of another mobile art work titled Cargo Space, by artist and Rice University faculty member Chris Sperandio. Check it out! The article can be found here:
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!