Art Workshop Art-A-Whirl 2018

What is Social Practice Art? 

Barbara has been a teacher for over 40 years and creates social practice art from fabricated components in a variety of media and rescued “power objects.” She manipulates the objects to create meaning and provoke discussions and reflection on a wide variety of social topics. See her 10 foot Recovery themed fountain Reflecting Pool  when you visit her studio.  http://bridgescreate.com/installation/reflection-pool

Art-A-Whirl Studio Open Friday, May 18th – 5:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 19th – Noon-8:00 p.m. AND make art on Sunday, May 20th – Noon-5:00 pm. Sunday hot dish after party for all starting at 5:00. I will be serving  my famous Elote Mexican corn in the firepit. RSVP drb@bridgescreate.com

Visit her studio on Sunday and make art with her and other members of Art to Change the World. https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/mission Bring a memory object of your own (optional). All ages. $10.00.    More information: http://bridgescreate.com/art-workshop-art-a-whirl-2018/ 

Read More about Barbara’s Studio Experience

Reflecting Pool   is an installation on my property in the Minneapolis Northeast Arts District.   It was created as a monument to recovery of true consciousness through self-exploration. Flowing mosaic tile and intricate ceramic decoration within the grotto provide an experience both peaceful and complex by the juxtaposition of repetitive patterns and assemblage compilation. The technique is “precious” as the viewer sits in the  pool, the tile lines draw the eyes from object to object, encouraging transient contemplation- noticing the various ideas without extended rumination, as is encouraged by Zen meditation.  A meditation  on the subject of acceptance and flexibility  was written by Morgan Bridges and is installed on the back surface to aid in the experiencer’s self-discovery. The outside shell of the grotto will explore the more organic images and materials used to create spiritual edifices from all spiritual world views.

The purpose of this social practice work, Reflecting Pool, is to encourage recovery from trauma and/or addiction.

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