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ROCKY BRIDGES: ASCENSION

 

June 6 -- July 25

 

 

 

 

Unimaginable Glory

Opening Reception

Saturday, June 6

6:30-8:30 pm

 

On June 6, ArtSpace/Lima welcomes sensational found-object artist, Rocky Bridges for a six-week exhibition.  The winner of multiple Best of Show awards in his relatively short career, Bridges is notable for making stunning and provocative art from civilization's refuse. 

 

"With a dumpster vocabulary, he ekes out visual poetry" 

                             The Washington Post.

 

 

Itís February 2008 and the Tampa Museum of Art is ready to demolish its current structure in preparation for a new home. What do you do, if youíre Rocky Bridges?

 

Where others see the fragments and sherds of architecture past its prime, you see the raw materials of a new work of art, incorporating the past as a comment on the present and, most likely, the future. You reclaim, you salvage, you recycle. And the result is more than a souvenir. Itís a contribution to the ongoing cultural conversation. And a visually provocative piece of art in its own right.

 

For the past two decades, the Florida-based artist has been winning Best of Show awards in major exhibitions with his found-object creations. He has studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Cooper Union in New York, has had a solo exhibition at the Polk Museum of Art, and has shown at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D. C.

 

Bridges has won the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts and a Residency Fellowship from The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He was the recipient of the Japan Fulbright Memorial Scholar Award in 2007. He teaches at the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland, Florida.

 

 
     

 

 

 

PREVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky Bridges collecting detritus from

the Tampa Museum demolition.

Photo by Melissa Lyttle, St. Petersburg Times

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desired Fury

 

 

Horizon, Like a Line

 

 

 

 

 

 Gallery 4

 

 

Gallery 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Whispering Stance

 

Structured Truth #6

 
 

 

 
 

 

Glory

 

 

 

Lonely Boy in a Crowded Room

 

 
         
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Transitional Desire

 

 

 

Gallant Passage