Biography

Marc Bridger (b. 1971, United States) received a B.F.A. in studio art from The University of South Florida (USF) in 2015. In addition to being an exhibiting artist, Bridger graduated this year with a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

Bridger has exhibited in group exhibitions including participatory creation of Reciprocidad Andina—an art project for Miami's Creative Time Summit. Before becoming an artist, Bridger worked in technology roles for twenty years including ownership of a business providing graphic design, web, and technical support. After high-school, Bridger served in the U.S. Navy as an avionics technician that led to writing and design in the airport consulting field. The 2008 economic recession initiated a career transition where Bridger's vast technological expertise informs his art practice and has become direct subject matter within his work. His paintings interrogate the recursion within our constructed hyperreal metaverse. A metaverse where precarious environmental, social, and political conditions subjugate humanity via our commodity driven existence. Last summer, Bridger filmed and documented an adjustable aluminum stretcher-bar system he developed for artists. Subsequently, he published the work as an educational resource and written guide that included a video tutorial with 3D modeling and animations. The assets were donated to SCAD and the larger art community via FloridaStretchers.org. Bridger completed numerous works throughout the past year, while the latest highlights metaverse absurdity in Pair of Dise (2019-20)—a work presented in his recent M.F.A.Thesis Exhibition: Metaverse Gaze. In July, Bridger finalized his written M.F.A. thesis: Externalities of the Metaverse Gaze, subsequently graduating in August. Within the thesis, Bridger articulated the conceptual notion of a metaverse artform—an auto-exhibiting emergent amalgam that transcends the digital and physical art object, enfranchising an experience mediated by the device.

Drawing & Painting
I adore art—especially drawing and painting! My interests and skills range from abstract to representational including conceptual and life-study.
Teaching & Learning
While my personal edification drives a voracious desire for growth, it simultaneously fosters a hunger to share knowledge, ideas, and experiences with others.
Building & Sculpture
One of my joys includes the building of structures for art, necessity, or the utility of both including ceramic sculptures. Even mere canvas stretchers can yield an opportunity in form.
Technology
Experience with Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Illustrator. Also, 3D Modeling, Cinema4D, After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro.
Graphic Design
Logo design and marketing assets were among the many tasks I have attended to in my previous career and remain avenues of creativity in my fine art pursuits.
Web Development
Prior to becoming an artist I created websites for small businesses and continue to be involved in creating site assets for projects and events.