Marc Bridger (b. 1971, United States) received a B.F.A. in studio art from The University of South Florida (USF), Tampa Florida, in 2015. Presently, he is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with an expected graduation in 2020.
Bridger has exhibited in group exhibitions including participatory creation of Reciprocidad Andinaan art project for Miami's Creative Time Summit. Before becoming an artist, Bridger worked in technology roles for twenty years including ownership of a small graphic design and web business. He also served in the U.S. Navy as an avionics technician that led to writing and design in the airport consulting field. The economic recession in 2008 initiated a career transition where Bridger's vast technological expertise informs his art practice and becomes direct subject matter within his work. His paintings interrogate the recursion within our constructed hyperreal metaverse. A metaverse where precarious environmental, social, and political conditions subjugate humanity via our commodity driven existence. Last summer, Bridger filmed and documented an adjustable aluminum stretcher-bar system he developed for artists. Subsequently, he published the work as an educational resource and written guide that included a video tutorial with 3D modeling and animations. The assets were donated to SCAD and the larger art community via FloridaStretchers.org. Bridger continues to work on his M.F.A. degree, thesis, and a solo exhibition for 2020. He recently completed a final M.F.A. candidacy review, subsequently sharing a Sample MFA Work (2016-19) video. Bridger completed numerous works throughout 2019 while the latest highlights metaverse absurdity in Pair of Dise (2019-20). Spanning thirty-one oil on canvas panels and covering a space of 50ft by 20ft, Pair of Dise will be highlighted in Bridger's 2020 thesis exhibition.