Martha Street Studio: Solar Noon by Leigh Bridges, September 4 - October 9, Opening Reception September 4,  Artist Talk (Zoom) September 19

Solar Noon by Leigh Bridges

Exhibition Dates: September 4 - October 9, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday September 4, 5-8pm
Visitors must bring and wear a mask while inside the building. Be prepared to wait outside the building if space is not immediately available upon your arrival. There will be no food & drinks at receptions until otherwise noted. Please review our COVID-19 procedures before visiting the gallery here.

Virtual artist talk: Saturday September 19, time tba. This artist talk will be delivered via Zoom.

These events are free to attend and open to the public.

Solar Noon is an installation of large silkscreened, laser-cut prints including pop-out designs that fold into paper sculptures, a series of offset printed die-cut posters, and a video animation. In this work, the subject of solar energy technology serves as an interface between Leigh Bridges' ongoing investigation of atmospheric landscape, light, and colour in painting and experiments in use, imagination, and improvisation in design. Employing modes of production which range from highly precise commercial fabrication to intuitively composed hand-silkscreened monoprints, the work aims to express a love of material and to create dialogue between refined structural processes and the spontaneous agency to make, build, and connect. The exhibition synthesizes approaches central to design and painting through printmaking, framing, and reflecting landscape via overlays of geometric form to connote a practical, intimate, and evolving relationship between user and environment.

Leigh Bridges is an artist whose interdisciplinary practice builds on the legacies of romanticism and modernism to explore the possibilities surrounding DIY designed technologies in relation to idealism and use. Bridges lives and works in Winnipeg and holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Bridges has exhibited widely in Canada and Europe, most recently at AGAlab Atelier Grafisch Amsterdam, Plan Z (Miguel Hernández University, Altea Spain), Arebyte 17 with Become Become (London UK), Paul Petro Contemporary (Toronto), and Gallery Simon Blais (Montreal). Her work is part of several private and corporate collections, including Bank of Montreal, Toronto Dominion Bank, and Global Affairs Canada. Bridges holds a position of Assistant Professor of Art and Design at the University of Manitoba. She is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary in Toronto.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and financial assistance provided by the Manitoba Arts Council.

For more information about Leigh Bridges, please visit www.leighbridges.com.

Martha Street Studio gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council for their dedicated support of our professional programming.

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Martha Street Studio is located at 11 Martha Street. A loading zone is located on the street at the front of the building. Martha Street Studio is an accessible space with a lift and two accessible gender-neutral washrooms located on the second floor