“Valuable Content” juxtaposes social, political, and art historical imagery as a way to question perceived value and generate discussions of content within a visual language. The works look at the everyday world with the idea that we are not only passively interacting with the environment; we are actually actively thinking it. By challenging dualistic representations of the savior and saved, winner and loser, victim and rescuer, the artist seeks to query the ideas and philosophies that lead to hierarchical structures of thought. A simultaneity of perspectives occur by reading one image through the other, opening up a new space between what is considered to be known, and what remains unknown. Portraits are dissociated from their original context, by which the system in which they normally function is brought into question. Exploring found imagery becomes a way to revitalize, reorganize, and reveal the possibility of new relationships among previously defined histories.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Bridget Rountree received a B.A. in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002. During a year studying fine art at the Scuolo Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence Italy she met teaching artists Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky who host international artist residencies and workshops which she has been a part of for over ten years in Italy, South Africa, and the U.S. Bridget Rountree resides in Southern California where she has co-founded: a women’s art collective, Luna Colab in 2005, a live arts ensemble, Zirk Ubu, and an experimental hybrid puppet company, Animal Cracker Conspiracy in 2006. Throughout out this period she has continued to experiment and cross-disciplines by combining mixed media, performance, stop motion film, and puppetry, in both the street, museums, and in between. Her work has been exhibited and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA. Recent grant awards include the San Diego Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Jim Henson Foundation, and Synergy Arts Foundation.
For more information about Bridget Rountree please visit: https://bridgetrountree.com/
Vanguard Culture’s 2020 Season, RIPPLE EFFECT was programmed as a “yearlong conversation with San Diego’s creative community about the human capacity to effect positive change.” We are very proud to share this very moving and timely exhibition by Bridget Rountree as a part of our exciting 2020 season.
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