I see the fledgling Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council has its website up. Or at least the “this domain is parked” page has been replaced by the beginnings of what looks like a really cool page.
BACC’s visual identity is being done by Jargon Boy, a Fairfield-based design studio with art director/illustrator Greg Chinn. I was particularly impressed with the poster image that’s emerging this week. It depicts a flower emerging from an industrial landscape, blending Bridgeport’s heritage and its promise. It’s very beautiful and very striking.
This layering technique is tried and true. When I first saw the poster, I assumed it was a screen print from Liz Squillace, a Read’s residence artist whose images have proliferated downtown for the past few years.
I first saw her work in the lobby of the Kuchma headquarters building on Bijou Square, and I saw her yesterday at Space, a new retail store in Phil Kuchma’s new complex down the street on Lafayette Circle. They’re in a soft opening now and Liz’s artwork is part of a mix of home decor, apparel and art.
Every day I look at my Thomas Savard photo-impressionism print that shows two large downtown office buildings as viewed through the poles and cables of PSE&G power plant that caught fire yesterday. The buildings are rendered as banal; the power plant is sort of nightmarish. And somehow the print is really beautiful.
I always thing it’s a mistake to try to represent Bridgeport as anything but it is. What is Bridgeport? That’s a complicated question. But it’s clear that more artists and designers are mining this city’s complexity in very expressive ways.