Four times a year CMA commissions contemporary artists develop a site-specific project for the bridge. Transforming the bridge into an interactive space that encourages young participants to identify and consider space, light, perspective and color.
Rainbow Room with atmoSPHERES
On View: February 2 – May 20, 2017
On view in the Bridge Space is Rainbow Room with AtmoSPHERES, an interactive installation by digital mixed media artist Anne Spalter. This installation will immerse visitors in an atmospheric space of kaleidoscopic rainbow color and light that they will be free to play in and explore. Real-life rainbows pass quickly, but Spalter’s installation will harness the magic, drama, and enchantment of this weather phenomenon for visitors to investigate on their own.
Crazy Space Odyssey
On View: September 13, 2016 – January 22, 2017
Crazy Space Odyssey is an installation by CMA’s Teaching Artists, Tom Burnett, Edy Escamilla, and Yung Oh Le Page. They created an interactive space station with sights, sounds, and a moving comet. As you continue into the space station, you enter a spacecraft and blast off into outer space.
Comity Bridge by Steed Taylor
On View: May 31 – September 4, 2016
Steed Taylor’s work often is composed of “tattoos,” which are usually painted directly onto a roadway for purposes similar to that of a tattoo on skin—as a means of commemoration, communication, and ritual. For this Bridge installation, Taylor explores situating a tattoo onto the ceiling and walls of CMA’s Bridge space. Taylor’s road tattoos are site-specific, community-based public artworks. For Comity Bridge, Taylor worked with children enrolled in CMA’s classes and community programs during the installation process, asking participants to write their statements of comity, or statements of mutual courtesy and consideration, into the lines on the walls of the Bridge. Taylor believed that in discussing and writing about the ideals of comity, participants and viewers would begin to understand that people who they believe are different than themselves are actually more similar than they realize. When finished, the statements were painted over, sealing them in the piece forever.
What Is by Jeila Gueramian
On View: February 2 – May 22, 2016
Jeila Gueramian creates alternate worlds using zippers, buttons, and brightly colored found textiles including crocheted blankets, latch hook rugs and embroidered pieces For this CMA-commissioned installation, Gueramian will use stitch work, crochet, knit and various embellishments to create an all-encompassing installation that spans the entire bridgespace at CMA. Gueramian will transform the bridge into an interactive textile and light adventure creating a magical experience for adults and children alike. The installation can be appreciated for its incredible craftsmanship, its ability to transform the space, and its power to make the most seasoned art viewer delight with wonder. This project is part of CMA’s annual program to commission site-specific works by emerging artists.
Louisa Armbrust’s Free Range Hockey
On View: September 14, 2015 – January 6, 2016
Free Range Hockey, by artist Louisa Armbrust, re-imagines the Bridge project space as an ice-covered world where a hockey game with no boundaries and few rules rages over the landscape. Players, referees and goalies share the ice with palm trees and black holes. Free Range Hockey uses the sport of hockey as a point of departure to examine, explore, and visualize the experience of navigating systems we encounter on a daily basis. The players, depicted as pictograms, can be seen cheating or getting distracted (much like everyday life!) as they obey, ignore, or create their own new rules.
Ditty Bop Stroll by ArtPod in collaboration with IRO and Broshuda
On View: May 14 – September 6, 2015
Ditty Bop Stroll is a site-specific installation by ArtPod Productions in collaboration with artist, IRO. A swish of color field painting encompasses the Bridge walls and ceiling adding reflective elements to create overlapping perspectives and optical illusions. As one moves through the Bridge you become a part of the painting creating a play of personal and physical perspective. The experimental soundscape created by Broshuda adds a subtle element of surprise at intermittent intervals to enhance a “bop” in the stroll through the Bridge.
ArtPod is focused on promoting accessible and unconventional interactions between audiences of all ages and contemporary art. Working collaboratively with artists, educators, and institutions, their mission is to develop innovative and highly creative exhibitions and programs. ArtPod seeks to engage visitors, both children and adults alike, in a supportive, relaxed environment that fosters open-ended dialogue, imaginative exploration, and hands-on play. Through reimagining the relationship between education and the art experience, they aim to inspire and develop the visitor’s creative potential.
About the Artists
ArtPod is a Berlin/NYC based nonprofit art organization founded in 2011 by internationally recognized curator, Laurie De Chiara. Please visit www.artpod.org for more info.
IRO works across media as an artist, illustrator, graphic designer, lecturer and craftsman. He lives and works between Berlin, Hamburg, Madrid, and New York.
Broshuda is a digital sound and image artist who lives and works in Kassel, Germany.
Julia von Eichel’s Suspension
On View: September 18, 2014 through January 11, 2014
Julia von Eichel’s work is concerned with the tension between chaos and control. From the process of creation to the final piece, the juxtaposition of precision and serendipitous expression is constantly at play.
The artist starts with a large sheet of mylar. Working on the floor of her studio, she spills watered down, white acrylic paint, which naturally follows its own course until she disrupts its haphazard flow by directing the liquid with a blow dryer: gusts of wind against the edges of rivers. She shapes these rivers of paint with as much control as can be afforded when using pure air as a paintbrush.
When the shapes have dried, von Eichel meticulously cuts out the forms with a meticulousness normally reserved for lacework. The result is a collection of spills that is both frenzied and intentional.
These fragments are then arranged within plexiglass containers in a seeming tangle of strings, sewn into the air, as if the liquid were thrown from a glass and frozen with a photographer’s flash. Upon closer examination, the tangle of strings is anything but. It is a closely and obsessively structured network of suspended material.
Mounted directly into the existing circular openings in CMA’s Bridge, the installation appears to effortlessly integrate with the environment. However, a closer look into these windows reveals a complex interplay between the natural world and the world of the artist’s hand.
Kambui Olujimi’s Not Now Nor Then
On View: June 10, 2014 through September 7, 2014
Kambui Olujimi is a multimedia artist whose works often explore social practices, such as wishing on pennies, sharing photos, or dream interpretation books. In the video on display, the artist has created fantastical environments out of household materials and used stop-motion animation and time-lapse recordings to depict a voyager who has lost her way. Visitors to the installation are invited to make their own video recordings using the sets on display, with assistance from CMA’s Teaching Artists. Periodically throughout the installation, the artist will incorporate these contributions into the film on view.
Our heroine has suddenly found herself disconnected from the rest of the world. With no technology to help her, she occupies a strange, mystical landscape that is removed from anything she knew before. What sort of characters and places will she encounter on this journey, and does she eventually make it home?
Almond Zigmund’s Plane Site
On View: February 4, 2014 through June 1, 2014
Plane Site is a site-specific installation made from adherent vinyl, acrylic, paint and lights that will challenge a young artist’s understanding and perception of space.
Almond Zigmund’s work strives to sharpen our perceptions of space while exploring the nature of opposition. Combining crisp geometry, vivid color, and intricate patterns, her drawings, sculptures, and installations often suggest walls, barricades, enclosures, and other aspects of the built environment. Originally from Brooklyn, Zigmund received her BFA from Parsons School of Design, in both New York and Paris. She later earned her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Zigmund’s work has been exhibited internationally for the past decade, including shows in Zurich, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Columbus. Her work has been selected for shows curated by Dave Hickey, Robert Storr, David Pagel, David Adamo, Jessica Frost, Rolf Staub and Steven Criqui, among others. In 2012 the Parrish Art Museum produced a large scaled installation titled “Interruptions Repeated,” a site specific sculpture for the Parrish Road Show. Zigmund currently splits her time between Brooklyn and East Hampton, NY.
Rob Strati’s Fields of Play
On view: September 26, 2013 through January 26, 2014
“Fields” – from quantum theory to soccer and other games – are essentially outlines where we can watch excited energy in action and track what we see through both rules and randomness.
Rob Strati’s Bridge Project, Fields of Play is an interactive installation of transparent suspended panels containing packing tape and wire, which interrelate as the children look through the different circles, lines, dashes and dots. Movement through the bridge and between the panels allows visitors to play with compositions, and to plan how to navigate the maze using just their motion, eyes and minds.
Rob’s work subtly explores perception, transparency, shadow and light using common materials such as packing tape and wire. He lives in Valley Cottage, NY with his wife and son.
Patrick Martinez’s The Bridge Project
On View: April 17, 2013 through July 2013
Since the 1990’s, Patrick Martinez has been exploring different forms of expression: video art, sound art, drawing, installation and design. Using a wide range of media, he establishes experimental structures to examine ideas about process, action, mobility, adaptation and resistance. His work investigates the relationship between an object and its presentation in order to challenge our perception.
In the Bridge, the viewer must navigate a monumental installation consisting of thousands and thousands of straws. Patrick Martinez uses his recently commercialized construction kit JIX. JIX is a well-designed plastic connector, conceived to allow drinking straws to build sculptural forms that can be as structured and methodical or completely chaotic as desired, while reaching almost unlimited scale and volume at the same time as being virtually weightless. These connectors consists of small modular elements that are specifically designed to allow standard drinking straws to be connected together in order to create a wide variety of constructions, from ambitious room-sized structures to intricate table-top sculptures.
Patrick Martinez was born 1969 in Besancon, France. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Besançon and Grenoble and at The Institute of High Studies in Visual Arts in Paris. In 1997, he received a grant to work in Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for 3 years before finally settling in New York. He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally in Europe as well as in Brazil and Japan. His work is represented by Parker Box Gallery in New York.
“I was interested in making gigantic structures that were as immaterial as possible and bring a sense of density out of fragility. Using straws, which are mostly filled with air, as a building material, seemed like the appropriate response. Also, I consider the JIX project as a 3D extension of my drawing practice, based on repetition and space/time occupation.
The bridge/corridor at the the CMA will allow me to create an immersive sculpture like a tunnel or a cave, which I hope will be an engaging environment for kids, where they could hide, play, or just do nothing and rest. By changing the scale of the bridge, I ‘d like to create a space that kids could relate to. Also, JIX is a construction kit, and through workshops, children will be able to build and create things by themselves. Touching is a good way to understand your environment and to acquire experience and knowledge. This applies to art too.”
–Patrick Martinez, 2013