The City of Bridgeport was one of seven Connecticut municipalities selected to receive grant funding as part of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Office of the Arts’ (COA) City Canvas grant program.
City Canvases is a one-time initiative aimed to enhance public spaces through the commissioning of large-scale works of public art and to connect the urban regions of Connecticut with a statewide placemaking initiative. The purpose is to dramatically demonstrate the impact that art can have in building vibrant communities.The City of Bridgeport and its partners—the Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council, Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District, and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County—were awarded funds to create a three-month video projection series and a mural installation. The video projection series took place at various locations throughout Downtown, and included works from:
- E.S. Baraza
- Faith Baum
- Kelly Bigelow-Becerra
- Sean Corvino
- Adger Cowans
- Holly Danger
- Dustin DeMilio
- Peter Konsterlie
- Mary Jo Lombardo
- Lauri MacLean
- Joe Malfettone
- Lori Petchers
- Lisa Seidenberg
- ernst weber
- Yves Wilson
Videos created by 12 area Artists/Filmmakers projected on buildings. City Canvases also includes a permanent installation art project.
Kelly Bigelow Becerra- “Grandma’s House”
Kelly Bigelow Becerra is a contemporary artist who uses the labor-intensive process of direct, flatbed scanning of objects and people to create a digital vocabulary. Images are created by literally placing objects in direct contact with the glass of the scanner which creates shadowy, softly modeled shapes that are oddly foreshortened. The resulting archive of imagery is used to piece together scenes from her sometimes idyllic/sometimes abusive childhood in the rural Midwest.
Becerra is also a Filmmaker. Collaborating with her husband and fellow artist Roland Becerra, she co-wrote and co-produced their short film, “Dear Beautiful,” which was chosen as an official selection for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was screened during the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The Becerras are currently in production on their next film, which is scheduled for release in 2012.
Adger Cowans-“Meditations” and “Textures”
Ernst Weber-”Bridgeport…whatiswhatis que sera sera”
ES Barraza-“Indigenous to Industry”
City Canvases Bridgeport continues with its night light projection project on Thursday August 30th with lifelong Bridgeport artist and resident, ES Barraza’s “Indigenous to Industry” with a special tribute projection to those who forged the path as natives, to settlers, the industrial era that built Bridgeport and it’s post industrial decline and back again from the ashes through the arts.
Along with the City Canvases Projection kicking off at 9 pm at the 49 Cannon Street location there will be an Arcade Mall reunion to be held at 1001 Main Street as a tribute to the former businesses and those who got their start in that location. A DJ Battle, BBoy competition and graffiti demonstration on Peacock Alley will begin at 6 pm. A 10 pm after party will be moving over to Bare Tapas & Vino located at 269 Fairfield Avenue to conclude the homage to Downtown Bridgeport.
Thursday, August 23rd
Mary Jo Lombardo-“Crescendo”
The seventh installment of City Canvases Bridgeport brings us multi-media artist, Mary Jo Lombardo with her piece “Crescendo” on August 23rd at 49 Cannon Street in Downtown Bridgeport.
Peter Konsterlie & Sean Corvino: “Destination Bridgeport”
The sixth installment of Bridgeport’s City Canvases art projection project is set to launch on August 16th at 8:30 pm at 38 Fairfield Avenue with collaborating artists, Peter Konsterlie and Sean Corvino. Corvino and Konsterlie’s piece, “Destination: Bridgeport” will be a cinematic postcard of colorful Bridgeport Connecticut. Their City Canvases projection promises to highlight the Beardsley Zoo, the shoreline, parks, the North End, Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods which will also spotlight the culture and landmarks of the most populous city in Connecticut.
Yves Wilson: “We Are Water”
In this fifth installment of Downtown Bridgeport’s City Canvases FREE public art projection installation, we present Yves Wilson with “We Are Water” projecting on 1330 Main Street in Downtown Bridgeport at 8:30/9 pm on August 9th. Join the celebratory launch of Wilson’s work with multiple types of infused flavored waters, interpretive dance and witness the connection in a larger than life screening with what we as humans have with the world’s most valuable resource–water.
Wilson’s, “We Are Water” is an interpretation of our connection to the most powerful resource on earth. Dancer and performer Katrese Weaver will be interpreting this connection through interpretive dance inspired by African, modern, and jazz traditions. A Read’s Artspace resident, Yves Wilson and his visual effects team, seeks to explore our strengths and vulnerabilities as people which is especially true for residents of coastal communities like Bridgeport and its neighbors who are intimately connected to changes in the climate both physically and mentally.
Holly Danger: “Soul Seasons”
“Soul Seasons” is a stop-motion animation made from 1000 pieces of paper, green screen footage and a special twist of graphic magic through the use of After Effects and Final Cut Pro.
Part of being human is adapting, reacting, and interacting to both controlled change and what the universe surprises us with at any given moment. Soul Seasons explores the colorful and multi-layered spectrum of emotional and textural life cycles.
Thursday – 7/26
Lauri Maclean and Lisa Seidenberg: “Turbulence”
Lauri MacLean and Lisa Seidenberg light up the Read’s ArtSpace lot for their projection “Turbulence : Projections of Bridgeport’s Velocity Dance Company” 8:30pm at the Post Building, 49 Cannon street!
Set to the backdrop of Danny Elman’s “Serenada Schizophrana, the Velocity dancers explore the realm of the deranged in a visual expression of the internal chaos that occurs as the result of external and internal confinement.
Thursday – 7/19
Joe Malfettone- “I am Bridgeport”
Join us in this celebration of culture and creation this Thursday at 9pm with our Bridgeport Global Sampling; local restaurant featured foods as diverse as our population!
Joe Malfettone is a local artist with a studio at 305 Knowlton Street. His project will be premiered this Thursday night at 1330 Main Street. The projection focuses on ideas of self-empowerment for the Bridgeport community while, at the same time, celebrating the community through the individual. He has featured a cross-section of ethnic backgrounds in his 40 second loop of the ‘I AM’- an age-old idea of redefining and acceptance.
Thursday – 7/12
City Canvases projection kick-off complete with a Bridgeport Light Builder’s LED Parade on McLevy Green. Dustin DeMilio filmed images of the parade and projected distorted images from the event in addition to his own pieces.