The Bridge Club Natural Resources

January 28, 2011 – March 12, 2011 Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Natural Resources, a new performance and installation work created by The Bridge Club Collaborative will feature two liquid substances: milk and petroleum oil. Each is loaded with multiple metaphoric meanings (i.e., ‘mother’s milk’, ‘black gold’), while each is also harvested or extracted from our natural surroundings for human sustenance and consumption. Natural Resources will feature a single, one-night live performance by The Bridge Club.  During this performance, the four personae of The Bridge Club, clinically costumed as domestic ‘resource workers,’ will be engaged in a processing of materials and objects from everyday human domestic life.

Objects dipped either in oil or in milk, respectively, will be layered into large, transparent receptacles.  As each object is dipped, it will be coated in a simultaneously protective and destructive residue. Following the live performance, the receptacles housing the layered objects will be sealed, allowing the milk and the oil in their respective vitrines to sediment, congeal, rot, and otherwise transform around the domestic materials housed therein. Video footage from multiple projectors will cover the walls of the gallery showing, close-up images of pouring milk and pouring oil, as if the walls themselves were coated in these cascading liquids. Even as the materials in the receptacles begin to decay, the projected liquids will continue to flow, mirroring the dual abundance and loss that characterize our human relationship to the natural world.