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Art For Neighbors
September 10 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmFREE
40″ x 40″
Tree bark, cotton, corn husks, confetti, eggshells, acrylic, and spray paint on wood panel
Art For Neighbors featuring Bobby Marines
September 10th | 8:00 – 10:00 pm
You’re invited to another installment of the Art For Neighbors series featuring Rochester based artist Bobby Marines. This event is not at the Rochester Art Center. The exact location is private and will be shared with registrants via email before the event. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Register at the bottom of this page.
How do people and communities rebuild a sense of security and self-worth after a lifetime of feeling uprooted and/or unheard? For my Art For Neighbors project, I will be creating an interdisciplinary body of work exploring the effects of displacement on identity.
The work is an invitation for the viewer to contemplate the concept of ‘home’ as an internal and philosophical idea detached from geography and place. It will consist of installations created using discarded material (including my own car), video projection, and the exterior of my home converted into a pop-up gallery.
Artist Bio | Bobby Marines
Bobby Marines is an interdisciplinary artist living in Rochester, MN. His methods have evolved from an underground, grassroots approach using found cardboard as canvas, to creating monumental pieces while experimenting with various materials. Originally from Robstown, TX, his work navigates romantic notions of his childhood while simultaneously exploring its realism.
He is a 2015 Advancing Artist grant recipient through the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council and a 2020 Artist-in-Residence at RALC, through the Minnesota State Arts Board. His latest body of work includes Cascarones (SooVac, Mpls), Cuartito in the Burbs (MadeHereMN, Mpls), and was featured in Making it OK: Art, Bravery, and Mental Health (Rochester Art Center). He recently sat as President of C4, a non-profit arts organization in Rochester.
Find Bobby Marines on Instagram: @bobbymarines
Art For Neighbors
Art For Neighbors (AFN )is a series of art happenings that build community at the most local level -the block that each participating artist lives on. AFN was first produced at the start of the pandemic as a means for safe socializing among neighbors with art as catalyst. Neighbors could simply step out onto their lawn or sidewalk to view what was happening –performance, video, installation, etc. Typically, neighbors would hang around to visit (socially distant) with one another and partially fulfill the need for social interaction that most humans feel. A second goal for the project was to find a way to make art happen in the real world given that most of the field moved onto digital platforms. There is no substitute for the real thing.
Since that time the project’s relevance has not waned. If anything, it has risen. The turmoil of the past year –the murder of Georg Floyd and all its repercussions, deep ideological divides during an election year, the ever-present problems of gun violence and police killings, the ongoing pandemic suggest that we need to find and build deeper human connections. This project is a small way to do that. For example, it has caused neighbors to meet one another for the first time, enabled people to find shared interests, and has led to larger community-bed projects for the artists.