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New art collective emerges in Fairfax: ‘The Bunnyman Bridge’

The Bunnyman Bridge Collective
The Bunnyman Bridge Collective
The Bunnyman Bridge Collective

This is breaking news on the local art scene because it is a new collective, born in the Fairfax burbs. Follow this as a developing story.

Artists collectives are groups of kindred spirits who produce art and present it as a cohesive group. The idea has become so mature that wiki has a place for it.

“An artist collective is an initiative that is the result of a group of artists working together, usually under their own management, towards shared aims. The aims of an artist collective can include almost anything that is relevant to the needs of the artist, this can range from purchasing bulk materials, sharing equipment, space or materials, through to following shared ideologies, aesthetic and political views or even living and working together as an extended family. Sharing of ownership, risk, benefits, and status is implied, as opposed to other, more common business structures with an explicit hierarchy of ownership such as an association or a company. Compare with art colony, art commune, and art cooperative.”

What is different about The Bunnyman Bridge Collective?

Knowing some of the artists firsthand, they are leading edge creatives.

  • They have organized in the large suburb of Fairfax.
  • They are bustin loose at the Epicure Cafe.
  • They have a band accompaniment at a contemporary venue.

“The Bunnyman Bridge Collective is a suburban art movement that originated in Fairfax, Virginia by artists Jason Davis, Jessica Kallista, and Javier Padilla”

Here is their opening announcement:

“Local Artists Launch New Collective with Art Exhibition Opening Reception
April 5, 2014, 7 p.m. -midnight, at Epicure Café in Fairfax, Virginia

Subverting All Preconceptions of Art in Suburbia

Fairfax, VA, February 25, 2014– The Bunnyman Bridge Collective, a new artist collective formed in Fairfax, VA by artists Jason Davis, Jessica Kallista, and Javier Padilla, will hold an opening night reception on Saturday April 5, 2014 for their art exhibition, Tell Me Something. Over 20 works by these emerging local artists, including a live unveiling of the collective’s exquisite corpse collaborations, will be on view in the recently renovated exhibition space at Epicure Café located at 11104 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA.

Not only does The Bunnyman Bridge Collective deliver on its promise to subvert, play, experiment, and shatter the paradigms of your typical suburban art exhibit, this show sets a new standard for what it means to be an artist creating art today.

Spend an evening with the artists and learn more about the launch of this new collective Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The band Kid Claws will provide a full night of their lush and ethereal, dreamy, noisy pop music.”

While art in suburbia may be more diverse than one might imagine, Jason Davis, Jessica Kallista, and Javier Padilla found themselves frustrated by the lack of opportunities to exhibit their work locally and to find suburban art venues that featured art that resonated with their edgy, irreverent, contemporary art aesthetic, surrealist practices, and anti-establishment philosophy. Encouraged by changing concepts regarding what is and what can be considered a gallery, the artists began looking for exhibition space of their own. They wanted a multipurpose creative space that not only embraced their dynamic style and manic passion to create art, but also maintained a deep emphasis on establishing creative relationships, engaging community, and nurturing collaborative play and experimentation in the arts. They wanted to change the way people thought about and interacted with art and artists in Suburbia.”

Via Jessica Kallista

These artists have declared war against suburban art stereotypes.

“The Bunnyman Bridge Collective envisions a more balanced Suburbia, in which art helps shape reality in a manner that:

  • encourages collaboration rather than competition
  • promotes cooperation, community, and togetherness
  • challenges artists to consider conceptual approaches and to move beyond art that is created simply for the eye
  • instigates art lovers and community members to engage in and with the new, the weird, the wild, the avant-garde, the absurd
  • embraces a love of chance, experimentation, surprise, and play

In local urban legend, the Bunnyman emerged from the wooded wilds of Fairfax in the late 1960s in full bunny suit with a hatchet to frighten those who were about to tear down and destroy what he held as sacred in order to build Suburbia.

As a symbol and a metaphor we embrace this Bunnyman and the haunted bridge in Clifton which he is known to inhabit. We take this local urban legend to the absurd extremes of play in order to reshape the reality of Suburbia and rebuild community through art.”

Via Jessica Kallista

Sounds crazy and deserves an audience. The art exhibition is called “Tell Me Something.”

Join The Bunnyman Bridge Collective artists Jason Davis, Jessica Kallista, and Javier Padilla on April 5, 2014 from 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. at Epicure Café as they celebrate with an opening night reception for their art exhibition, Tell Me Something. Epicure Café is located at 11104 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA. Music for the evening will be provided by Kid Claws. Tell Me Something will be on view at Epicure Café from April 5 through May 13.

Epicure Cafe
11104 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-352-9193
Fax: 703-352-9194

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