Join us for the opening reception of “Throes of Progress”, Friday, June 19th 7-10PM at the Bridgeport Art Center (BAC), 1200 W 35thSt. where four well known artists; Jacqueline Moses, Paul Sierra, Kathy Weaver, and Bob Emser, explore the often negative effects of progress, not only on human society, but on the planet itself. This unique collection shows how the massive industrial technologies have led to unchecked growth, creating an over-engineered planet that no longer supports human, or even biological, values.
During his 30+ year career, Bob Emser has served as a visiting artist and has taught at several universities, held a tenured professorship, and founded a not-for-profit art center. He was executive director of Chicago’s international sculpture exhibition, Pier Walk, and the founder of Chicago Sculpture International. Emser will present a number of his fascinating “model airplanes” and other of air travel and rocketry.
Jacqueline Moses has exhibited throughout the region, as well as internationally. Her large-scale oil paintings (many with photographic transfer) depict the global clash of old and new and the negative effects of globalization. Some present ominous scenes such as aircraft exploding in fire over placid landscapes.
Since immigrating to the United States from Havana in 1961, Paul Sierra has participated in numerous group and group exhibitions throughout the country, many of which have explored the contribution of Hispanic artists to American culture. His large-scale paintings depict cars that are mangled or burning up as a result of crashes on peaceful country roads, and can serve as eloquent metaphors for the death and destruction which represent the reverse side of our modern love affair with automobiles.
Kathy Weaver has exhibited widely in the area, as well as nationally, and has received many awards for her work. Her large-scale drawings show the toll of violent human confrontation. Weaver’s series “Collateral Damage” explores the effect of war on soldiers and civilians. Some of the drawings depict robot protagonists acting out human dramas.
*Free Parking is available. Please visit bridgeportart.com to learn more about Bridgeport Art Center community!