BCC Grimshaw-Gudewicz art gallery to open Something to (Be) Hold

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FALL RIVER – The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College opens its doors this fall with “Something to (Be) Hold”, an interactive retrospective by composer and artist Mary Edwards, on September 23.

In collaboration with the gallery, composer and artist Mary Edwards reinvents Bristol’s Fall River Campus, located at 777 Elsbree St., as a series of sound encounters to wake us up to the natural world.

The gallery exhibition runs from Thursday September 23 to Thursday October 28 and the interactive sound walks open Thursday September 23 and continue until June 30, 2022.

Edwards uses immersive sound as an environmental or architectural element with the goal of enhancing the listener’s spatial experience and transcending practical information by taking the ordinary and creating another reality.

The site-specific original works will be accessible at five locations on the Bristol Fall River campus and are designed to be listened to through headphones by scanning the displayed QR codes using your smartphone’s camera function.

Mary Edward's site-specific original works will be accessible at five locations on the Bristol Fall River campus and are designed to be listened to through headphones by scanning displayed QR codes using your smartphone's camera function.

In addition to the outdoor soundwalks, the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, located on the Bristol Fall River campus, will open a retrospective exhibition of Edwards’ additional sound works. The exhibit is designed with COVID-19 distancing protocols and security measures in mind, while providing an immersive experience to the public.

About Mary Edwards

Mary Edwards is a composer and sound artist who uses the medium as an environmental or architectural element with the goal of enhancing the listener’s spatial, historical and sensory experience, often through cinematic score techniques. Themes of temporality, impermanence, nostalgia, mid-century modernism, and the natural world are interspersed with her recordings, time installations, and writings.

Its catalog includes Natural Anthem; Endeavor: a space trilogy for the NASA expedition of Dr. Mae C. Jemison; The Wa (l) king motif; The gentle curve; Gospel number eight: tributary; When the ocean meets the sky and every day until tomorrow, a tribute to Saarinen-designed Terminal 4 TWA at JFK Airport and the opulence of early air travel. His projects have been commissioned and / or organized by the Provincetown Museum, Indivisible Gallery, 429 Architectural Spaces and the William T. Davis Conservancy. His most recent essays can be found in Invert / Extant (UK), the series The Mentor that Matters, and his poetry, in the anthology Joy Has a Sound.

His retrospective at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery marks his first career study on sound works. Something to (Be) Hold is his first major public work.

Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery Hours

Vernissage of the interior courtyard: Thursday, September 23, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. To fully enjoy the experience of the exhibition and sound walks, please bring your smartphone, headphones and comfortable shoes.

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm; admission is free and open to the public

As Bristol continues to lead safety, all students, faculty, staff and guests are expected to follow the ongoing Bristol Together plan health and safety protocols, including wearing a mask indoors in common areas of all our universities and public events. For more information, please visit www.bristolcc.edu/together.

For an orientation map of the locations of songwriter and artist Mary Edwards’ soundwalks at the Bristol Fall River campus, please visit http://bristolcc.edu/gallery/SomethingToBeholdWayFinder.pdf.

For more information, please visit http://www.bristolcc.edu/gallery.

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