Dan Bainbridge, American b. 1976 in Dubuque, Iowa, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA from Clarke College (2002) and an MFA in Studio Art from Illinois State University (2006). He makes mixed-media objects, assemblages, and collages, and is active as a performance artist; he co-founded collectives Monkey Mop Boy and French Neon (an artist collective, a salon, and nomadic gallery). Dan Bainbridge has had 2 solo shows at ART 3 Gallery in Bushwick (2015 & 2017) and his works have been featured in many group shows in New York since he moved to the city in 2006, including Casino Cabaret at Safe Gallery (2016), The Librarians at the Queens College Art Center (2013) and in Pyramid Scheme curated by Nat Ward in Brooklyn (2014).
Bainbridge’s interdisciplinary practice culminates in this exhibition featuring sculptural works that are interactive and meant to be played with. Stroke and pluck the mother unitars with their primitive single strings attached to their animal amplifier offspring by electrical umbilical cords. A vibrational birthing, producing, emitting, reverberating. Overhead, tiny, kinetic flies orbit and buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz to the point of delirium. Everything in the universe is vibrating and these artworks become one by joining in. One of the sutras of the Aquarian Age says, "Vibrate the cosmos and the cosmos shall clear the path". Clearing the path could be a mystical parting of the clouds - but it could also be an avalanche, a lava flow, a tidal wave, an earthquake. The pink bird, the cardboard dog, the suspended whale, the owl, the hyena bust, these musical sculptures set the stage for a potential performance. The bugs are the audience, the observers, bearing witness to the chaos and conjuring.