The Bridge Club is a contemporary visual and performance art collaborative consisting of artists Annie Strader, Christine Owen, Emily Bivens and Julie Wills. The Bridge Club’s interdisciplinary installation, video, live performance and digital media works are site- and context- specific, and each work investigates specific local histories, populations, contexts, stereotypes, expectations and conflicts. Performances and installations have taken place in both traditional and nontraditional venues, incorporating and responding to sites such as a hotel room, a city bus, an abandoned storefront, and a laundromat in addition to the traditional gallery or museum space. Each work is conceived in specific relation to its site and audience.
An anonymous collective persona inhabits each of The Bridge Club’s works, with each member artist donning wigs, shoes and a variety of carefully selected garments that relate directly to the site and concept of a specific work. The collective presence of the four costumed member artists lends an unsettling normative air to odd or uncomfortable situations, while costuming and object choices create a historical ambiguity of era that addresses change and continuity of gender and interpersonal histories, roles, expectations and behaviors.
2017- video and sound
This video was created by Guen Montgomery and Emily Bivens at the Edwards House in Springfield, IL. The sound was created by Guen Montgomery and Jessica Anderson.
The top video is the upstairs of the house and the bottom is the downstairs. One of the rooms is home to the Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd courting couch.
2017- Installation including video, ceramic objects, bones, taxidermy, grandmother's teeth, modified furniture, fur, a deceased chicken, photographs, mummified reptiles, Aunt Nonie's braids, synthetic hair, various debris and found objects.
Wait is a collaborative narrative between Emily Bivens and Donna Moore. Collections of domestic and natural artifacts and each artists’ own art work are combined each year for a month in the late summer to create a new work.