About the Artist
Mechanical and auxiliary objects have fascinated me since childhood. Initially, I learned how to work with metal on small jewelry and sculptures at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC. Unbeknownst to me, metalworking would become a lifelong career and passion. Having spent the last two decades as a welder, machinist and designer, my work stems from math, mechanics, geometry and fluid motion. Some of the pieces represented here rely on computer aided design, while others have forced me to welcome disorder and confusion with persistence to realize a completed piece.
The work is heavy, coarse and dirty while simultaneously remaining airy and delicate. Mirroring the natural worlds brutal beauty is a common theme. When we combine the elusive quality of light and shadow with the weighty substance of the sculptures, boundless conceptual possibilities in multiple realms open up the viewer. The juxtaposition is something magical that stirs a person’s emotions.
The works represented here are simple forms driven by repetition, process, and pattern. Through the manipulation of various light sources, my hope is to create a space that evokes thought and creative visualizations of surprise and enjoyment. The spectacle of light is ever-present but often dismissed.
This installation, Brutal Beauty, is a collaborative effort between Gabe Bridges and students in the Lighting Program at the University of NC School of the Arts. I would like to thank to the Winston-Salem Light Project and especially Kim Smith, Dominic DeSalvio, and Michael Capertta for their work in illuminating my sculptures.
Artist Statement, Gabe