A Stamford resident's artwork will light up the city of Bridgeport tonight. Holly Diane Anger, who now refers to herself as Holly Danger, was one of 12 Connecticut artists/filmmakers to have their work selected to be a part of the City Canvas, Bridgeport. Her video creation will be on display 9p.m.- 11 p.m. August 2 through August 7, 2012.
Stamford, Hartford, New Britain, New London, Torrington and Waterbury are also participating in the City Canvas project run by the State Department of Economic and Community Development. The goal of the project is to help revitalize cities and attract people to downtown areas through large pieces of art. The artwork is funded through grants from the state. Danger said she will receive a $1000 grant for her work.
"I think it brings the community together and inspires us to create more art," Danger said of the arts initiative.
The theme of the Bridgeport City Canvas is change and Danger's piece "Soul Seasons" shows just that. Danger said the four minute long video that will be projected onto 1330 Main Street illustrates the four seasons. Although it illustrates the life cycles of nature, Danger said it's also a piece driven by her emotions and dealing with the changes that happen throughout life.
Danger said since the April submission date for the project she has had little time to sleep. After working a nine to five job as a senior video editor she said she would come home and work on the stop motion animation created with thousands of paper cut outs, video footage and hours of editing it all together.
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Veronica Vixen's silhouette is featured in Soul Seasons. She met Danger at 305K Gallery in Bridgeport and volunteered to model for her piece and said she is a big fan of the video journalist's work.
"I love it. It seems like it has coloring of 'retro' kind of work, but there is always something brand new I haven't seen before," stated Vixen.
Danger admits she is looking forward to getting some sleep after tonight's debut but said she knows the long hours she put in was worth it.
"This allowed me to kind of create my dream project in a way," said Danger.
Danger is a 1997 Westhill High School graduate and still makes her home here in Stamford. She rents a studio at the Loft Artist Association and also spends time hanging out at Franklin Street Works. For more information on the artist visit her website.