Itís February 2008 and the Tampa Museum of
Art is ready to demolish its current structure in preparation for a new
home. What do you do, if youíre Rocky Bridges?
Where others see the fragments and sherds
of architecture past its prime, you see the raw materials of a new work of
art, incorporating the past as a comment on the present and, most likely,
the future. You reclaim, you salvage, you recycle. And the result is more
than a souvenir. Itís a contribution to the ongoing cultural conversation.
And a visually provocative piece of art in its own right.
For the past two decades, the
Florida-based artist has been winning Best of Show awards in major
exhibitions with his found-object creations. He has studied at the Art
Institute of Chicago and Cooper Union in New York, has had a solo
exhibition at the Polk Museum of Art, and has shown at the Corcoran
Gallery in Washington, D. C.
Bridges has won the Florida Individual
Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts and a Residency Fellowship from The
National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He was the recipient of
the Japan Fulbright Memorial Scholar Award in 2007. He teaches at the Lois
Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland,