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. Artists and organizations engage in conversation with curator, Lillian Almeida, to effectively place locally generated contemporary art projects in the public eye.
These works activate public spaces and highlight artists and arts organizations that creatively contribute to the current discourse in our community and beyond.
BRIDGE Spring 2019
The Distance Between Us
Sponsored by Earthbound Moon
April 14-20, 2019
Willamette Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, map available soon
What if you lived in an artwork? What if we walked along a city street the way we walk through a museum? Can we see our surroundings as cultural treasures? The Distance Between Us is an artwork exploring these questions and many more.
For one week, Willamette Street between 7th and 8th Avenues will be turned into an artwork, The Distance Between Us. Fifteen businesses along this block are collaborating with fifteen artists. Each business/artist pair will create a limited edition work of art that doubles as a product of the business. The artworks are available through sales and engagement.
Throughout the exhibition, events will take place, including guided docent tours during the day; and discussions, live music and a pub quiz in the evenings.
Ravens and artist Sterling Israel
Creating "Four Corners of Our World," a set of prints exploring the science and mythology of ravens.
London Hair Studio and Spa and artist Courtney Stubbert
Creating "Let's Compromise," a gel nail design available by appointment.
City of Eugene Parking Services and artist Bret Pendlebury
Creating "Thank You Ticket," featuring a portrait of the Parcade garage located at 7th and Willamette.
Manifest Beer Company and artist Sunny Selby Johnston
Creating "Still Moving Life," a single keg of beer and portrait fragment coasters.
Doc's Pad and artist Joshua Isaac Finch
Creating a mixed drink, "Dive & Hasten"
Spence & Sabitt, LLP and artist Libby Wadsworth
Creating "...Some Words," a set of printing plates visitors may use to make their own rubbings of legal language explorations.
Urban Therapeutic and artist Lisa Sansevere
Creating a "Stained Glass Garden," a scented sand or salt desk garden.
City of Eugene Facilities Management and artists Helen Liu and Elnaz Talaei
Creating "Growth," attempted collaborations responding to the landscape elements along the block.
Park Street Cafe’ and artist Charly Swing
Creating "The Smeede," a sandwich.
Perugino Coffeehouse and artist Mika Aono
Creating "Ichigo-Ichie, -Stumbling Upon," a tea drink engaged with a transformation of the coffeehouse space.
Gary Dawson Design and artist Tallmadge Doyle
Creating "Octopus Embrace," a pendant available for sale at Urban Therapeutic.
AHM Brands and artist Ugo Akabike
Creating a logo for The Distance Between Us exhibition branding.
Sushi-Ya and artist Randolph Carter
Creating "Into the Deep," a sushi roll.
Earthbound Moon and artists Mei-ling Lee & Jeff Goolsby
Creating "Alte Innenstadt Vido Stroll," an audio/video engagement with the street and the projects along it this week.
Sunday, April 14 • 3 p.m.
We are kicking off this springs exhibition with a meet and greet. Get to know some of the 14 artists and businesses that are turning a section of Willamette Street into a living art gallery.
Tuesday, April 16 • 5:30 p.m.
Discuss The Distance Between Us with some of the artists and curators involved. Doug Blandy will moderate and after the discussion Entresol will perform.
Lane County History Museum Pub Quiz
Wednesday, April 17 • 5:30 p.m.
The Lane County History Museum will host their monthly pub quiz at Doc’s Pad, with a focus on the history of Willamette Street and the downtown area.
Thursday, April 18 • 5:30 P.M.
Discuss The Distance Between Us with the artists and curators involved. Moderator to be announced.
Friday, April 19 • TBA
Doc’s Pad will transform into an experimental music venue for one night, hosting two bands featuring artists involved in The Distance Between Us. Free Static, the electronic improvisation duo of Chris Ruiz and Courtney Stubbert will perform sets. As well, a new composition by UO music school faculty JP Lempke will be premiered. It will be performed by a new music group featuring UO Doctoral candidate Milton Fernandez, UO Masters candidate Kathy Hsieh, Earthbound Moon, NFP director Lee Sparks Pembleton and special guests.
Saturday, April 20 • 5:30 p.m.
Docent tours will explore the street and the works along it every day.
Departing daily from Perugino Coffeehouse at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Departing daily from Doc’s Pad at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Collectible Certificates of Authenticity will be available for all of the works on the docent tours.
For each work purchased you will receive a Collectible Certificate of Authenticity, in the shape of a Penrose Tile. Each artwork has its own Penrose Tile accompanying it. Earthbound Moon uses Penrose Tiles in their art to symbolize humanity’s potential and our history. The tiles are two rhombi that can be combined to expand infinitely without any pattern repeating. (See the Earthbound Moon logo below, made up of the two tiles, thick and thin, as they are known.) By collecting the different artworks available along the street, some free, some for purchase, and participating in free events and docent tours, you will be able to collect all 15 tiles to take home and combine to create your own unique artwork.
Brought to you by the City of Eugene BRIDGE Exhibition. Created by the arts collaborative Earthbound moon.
Lillian Almeida has been a working artist for as long as she can remember. Through more than 30 years working and teaching classes in her various art studios she has maintained a passionate interest in fostering greater connections among local artists and finding the resources that will grow their practices. Since moving to Lane County in 1995 she has built a network to help her further art. She is a founding member of Art City Eugene and the brainchild behind BRIDGE Exhibitions, which debuts this summer during the Visual Arts Festival. The founding principal behind BRIDGE is providing support for contemporary art in Eugene to grow. She believes contemporary art needs a team, long-term support and collaboration, and BRIDGE seeks to connect the gap between what contemporary art is and the public.