Friday, May 27, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Thought Bombers at the Firehouse- Burlington

New Multi-floor Exhibition of Design and Kites at The BCA Center

in June

Burlington, VT: (Wednesday, May 25, 2011) Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce the latest exhibition of contemporary art at The BCA Center on Church Street, entitled /Thought Bombers/, featuring designers from the Burlington firm JDK Design, opening Friday June 3^rd with a reception and artist talk from 5-8pm. This exhibition also features kites created by students of the Integrated Arts and Sustainability Academies in Burlington, being displayed on the Fourth Floor of The BCA Center beginning on June 17^th . Students, designers and the public will be invited to Waterfront Park in Burlington on Sunday, June 12^th from noon - 3pm for a kite flying festival.

In the exhibition /Thought Bombers/, artist and designer Michael Jager and his team of designers from JDK Design collaborate on the creation of one-of-a-kind kites meant to evoke imagery of grand ideas, personal goals, self reflection and emotions that exist above and beyond our earthly lives. Over the spring semester and throughout the exhibition, artists will engage the community in the gallery and in area schools in kite-making to create vibrant individualized expressions of personal narratives. The classroom workshops will culminate in an outdoor kite flying festival at Waterfront Park on June 12^th featuring music, food and kite flying for everyone. The community kites will be on display on the 4th floor of the BCA Center for the duration of the summer. The exhibition will transform the first floor gallery with kites by JDK designers and will include original films and regular kite-making workshops for visitors. Highlighting Jager and his team’s twenty years of creative output, including snowboard and product design, and inspired by the legacy of 1960’s activist-artist-nun Sister Corita, this exhibition creates a unique fusion of community activism, graphic design and personal expression.

From June 17^th through August 13^th , in a unique combination of community and contemporary art, the BCA Center’s fourth floor gallery will feature a kaleidoscope of children’s kites created in the artist-lead workshops at Burlington’s Integrated Arts and Sustainability Academies. In addition it will include a documentary film by Aaron Rose, director of the film /Beautiful Losers/, on the life and work of 1960’s activist-artist-nun Sister Corita, whose legacy inspired this exhibition.