Echo Trobridge Artist Residency

Echo Trobridge Artist Residency

Dave Bermingham

July 27-September 21, 2018

Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6:00-8:00pm

Artist Talk and Workshop: Thursday, September 27, 5:45pm


The Brookline Arts Center is pleased to present our first annual Echo Trobridge Artist Residency featuring the work of Dave Bermingham. The residency provides five weeks of artistic development and culminates with a three-week public exhibition in our unique gallery space.


Ambrosia, 2016.  Image: James Prinz


Bermingham will use his time at the BAC to create a site-specific installation centered on his Occhi sculptures. These pieces are rooted in superstition and concepts of desire, aspiration and "the gaze."  Assembled from discarded domestic items such as plates, platters and dinnerware, viewers delight in considering these works from both conceptual and aesthetic perspectives. Bermingham invites the community to contribute similar objects from their own lives to be incorporated into the final installation.


Occhi (detail), 2017


Along with the Occhi installation, Bermingham will synthesize a new body of work entitled Cant Slang. These pieces have been in development over the past year and blend poetry, Morse code, beading and sculpture. Working with the artists and educators who activate the BAC’s ceramic and metals facilities, Bermingham hopes to expand this series from small to large scale. The public will be invited to participate in a workshop version of this project, creating their own version of these “poem-sculptures” alongside the artist. 



Occhi (detail), 2017




Dave J Bermingham holds a Master of Design; Fashion, Body & Garment from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (studying under the mentorship of Nick Cave and Ann Wilson), and a Bachelor of Fine Art in Fashion Design from Massachusetts College of Art. Bermingham’s art presents a queer reading of historic and ancestral narratives, codes and mores, to create bodies of work ranging from found-object sculpture, to performance, to garment design. Born in Quincy, MA, Bermingham cites his youth steeped in the shifting social structures and moody nature of New England to be the foundation for his continued interest in examining identity in relation to environment and history. His work has been shown in New York, Chicago, Boston and Saint Louis. Bermingham has held an array of support positions at several cultural institutions including SAIC, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and MassMOCA. He is co-founder and Interim Director of the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance and recently taught as an Adjunct Instructor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Mount Ida College and Newbury College. Dave works out of the Artisans’ Asylum in Somerville and lives in Jamaica Plain.


The Echo Trobridge Artist Residency was named in honor of the BAC's first artist in residence from 2014-2016. Echo was a ceramicist, teacher and very dear friend. She used her time at the BAC to work on her craft, share her knowledge and to learn from others. 


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.