In this art gallery, conversations about religion and spirituality are welcome

Religion News Service | 12/17/2019 | Alejandra Molina
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Blown away by this brilliant new installation by Phillip K. Smith III at @bridgeprojects_la. Smith has programmed light-emitting diodes in multiple panels to cycle through an hour long sequence of colors, recreating a synthetic sunrise and sunset. ・・・ "There are moments of universal beauty, of shared experience, of discovering experiences that bond all of us together as human beings. Light is most often at the root of these experiences." —Phillip K. Smith III . . . . #phillipksmith #beauty #connection #creation #light #sunrise #sunset #contemporaryart #publicart #bridgeprojects #losangeles #LA #LAart

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Immersive light installation 10 Columns is now open Wednesday - Saturday 12pm - 7pm at @bridgeprojects_la in Hollywood, CA through February 16, 2020.

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LOS ANGELES (RNS) — For Linnéa Spransy, who grew up in a Christian commune in Oregon with a rock musician father, religion and art have always been intertwined.

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"Religious lifestyle, and expression and art were all the same thing," Spransy told Religion News Service.

Spransy is one of the directors of Bridge Projects, a new Southern California gallery that seeks to link art with spiritual and religious traditions.

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The gallery's inaugural exhibition, "10 Columns" by artist Phillip K. Smith III, features glowing mirrored panels that convert the otherwise dark room into a simulated sunrise and sunset. The panels shift colors, from warm yellow and orange tones to bright blue and red hues.

The exhibit opened in October in Bridge Project's 7,000-square-foot gallery, which sits between a Mobil gas station and a Public Storage facility on Santa Monica Boulevard. Visitors to the gallery have described their experiences in the space on Instagram, calling the installation "enthralling" and saying it made them feel “reflective” and “meditative.”

Sunrise - Sunset - Awakening - Meltdown - Julia

“Is one witnessing a sunrise or a sunset, a cultural awakening or a catastrophic meltdown?” wrote Julia Ingalls in The Architect's Newspaper.

Bridge Projects directors Spransy and Cara Megan Lewis, who are both artists, said they wanted to create a space where people can talk about spiritual and religious perspectives.

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The two have known each other for about a decade and both have roots in Kansas, where Lewis had a gallery space.

Lewis, whose background is in commercial galleries, said she's seen how artists have felt the need to "suppress their faith traditions or religious convictions in the context of the contemporary art world."

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"Just a fear of rejection and misunderstanding," she said.

Lewis, who grew up in the Methodist church, said she was raised with a faith-driven and social justice mindset that has influenced her own art. She was part of an interactive artwork,...
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