The City of Eugene’s BRIDGE Exhibitions, creates opportunities for innovative, contemporary art projects, pieces and experiences that explore, express or reflect social, personal, political or ecological issues of the times. These works activate public spaces and highlight artists and arts organizations that creatively contribute to the current discourse in our community and beyond.
Reflections Space 2020
Reflection Space Eugene is a series of five visual art exhibitions. The purpose of this project is to invite solidarity, inclusivity and generosity among the visual arts community as we move forward together and to support our community as a whole in its acknowledgement, reflection and processing of events and experiences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These exhibitions will invite citizens, workers and artists to contribute their timely reflections in some way.
Reflections Space: A Call for Our Future
Mid August-December 2020, Installation 2022
Found in the Whiteaker Neighborhood. More details to come.
Brought to you by Whitaker Community Art Team
The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has sparked global social movements calling for change in the institutions that perpetuate systemic racism destroying black communities and ending black lives. Simultaneously, COVID-19 has fundamentally altered the way in which we interact with each other and express ourselves, both privately and publicly, causing, for some, a profound and sustained sense of isolation.
In “A Call for Our Future” the Whiteaker Community Art Team (WCAT) is using a mobile visual art installation that resembles a British Red Telephone Box, creating an invitation for participants to call their future selves. Inside the installation, the WCAT will have instructions for participants to call a phone number and provide a message to their future selves, two years from now, reflecting on what future they want, and commit to building. These expressions will then be recorded and transcribed. After being recorded and transcribed, these messages will then be shared with the community in two years, through audio and visual installations. Participants will then be able to reflect on what they were experiencing during a time when it took a global pandemic to provide people the space and free time to join an international human rights movement against black violence, racism and systemic oppression.
Reflections Space: OPEN
November 2-December 21, 2020
245 W. 8th Avenue
Brought to you by Eugene Contemporary Art & Gray Space
The artist memberships of Eugene Contemporary Art and Gray Space Project are pleased to present Reflections Space: OPEN whose intention is to engage with viewers and leave them with open-ended questions about place and longing for their personal reflection and individual response. The project will consist of individual, looped videos created by Gray Space members Vicki Amorose, Michael Boonstra, Renee Couture, Sandee McGee, Andy Myers and Leah Wilson. As our community emerges from quarantine, it will once again engage with familiar locations.
Visitors and those who live and work in the Downtown Eugene area will experience its space differently and anew. The relationship of self to place is critical and it is important to reclaim and refresh those locations in order to build meaning and heal over time. To stand in front of a video screen for reflection is comparable to reflecting on mnemonic devices in illuminated manuscripts or other historic and meditative traditions. Art has the ability to change one’s perception and develop insight. At its best it is simultaneously an intimate and a universal experience, and transcends that which separates or partitions us off from one another. Rather than an activity that demands an immediate response and demonstrates viewer engagement through accumulated clicks, we will offer the radical experience of true reflection.
Reflections Space: River Road/Santa Clara
Now through November 1, 2020
Southwest corner of River Road & Briarcliff
Brought to you by Eug-Art 404
The artists of Eug-Art 404 will create a series of outdoor installations visible along River Road, composed of teardrop-shaped pieces individually created by artist members, community partners, other area artists, and neighbors of all ages. We ask participants to create drop-shaped art pieces to convey the themes of disruption, loss, reflection and hope, and all they may be experiencing during this time of crisis.
Reflections Space: Shine ON
Now through August 15, 2020
North Fence on 30th Ave. between Harris & University
Brought to you by ArtCity Eugene
Shine ON is a SAFE community building public art project that brings school communities, neighborhoods, and the town together on a quest for hope, purpose and creativity through an eco-based and collaborative public art creation. The vision for Reflections Space: Shine ON is to create an inspiring message that the community will carry forward.
Participants can show up to participate in creating the art when they like. There is no mass gathering, only the need to observe, be respectful and wait your turn to add your special items, recycled plastic, or found objects that will fill in the letters and literally spell out the words “SHINE ON”. The letters S-H-I-N-E O-N are ‘mapped’ out with color coded tape on the chain link fence. Participants simply tie their objects into the letter that matches the color of each object. Together we create and Shine ON.
Reflections Space: Snippets of Eugene
Now through December 2020
For details go to Eugene Printmakers
Brought to you by Eugene Printmakers
“Snippets of Eugene” will become mementos of places in our beloved city that the residents of Eugene will be able to take home with them. They will also be invited to experience printing patterns of their own choosing. Our concept is to call attention to the textures and patterns that we live with and often overlook in our everyday lives, and call attention to them as beautiful and compelling prints. The Eugene public will be able to go home with patterns from their favorite places, places that contain memories of events that punctuate their lives.
Eugene Printmakers will be dressed in workers' coveralls and carry our printing supplies in buckets. We'll invite the public to printing locations that we announce on social media. Everyone is invited to watch our demonstrations as well as participate in printing and take home a print. We will also involve the public by asking for suggestions of interesting patterns in our dear city.
The public will have a chance to purchase “Snippets of Eugene” in the form of printed T-shirts and bandanas, at each printing performance. The proceeds will be split among Eugene Printmakers and ArtCity, who has been generously hosting our studio space.