Dave Bermingham

How did you arrive at the Brookline Arts Center?
I had seen the BAC pop up with a few recent calls for art. When I visited the space in preparation for the Artist Residency submission, I loved that the main gallery space was intimate and full of light with windows facing the public park.

Tell us about your background. How did you become interested in art?
Since childhood I’ve found comfort and expression in artistic activities. I attended MassArt, studying Fashion Design and worked for local retailer Alan Bilzerian, and briefly as an Assistant Designer for Alessandro Pungetti, a design studio in Bologna, Italy. Upon returning to Boston I pursued freelance garment work, helping to establish the former Industrial Stitchers Guild, and moonlighted as Aquanette Prudence Jones, a drag and burlesque persona who was more talented at falling off stages than bringing the house down. Riding the wave of energy that performing infused into my creative practice, I attended the Master of Design, Fashion, Body & Garment graduate program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago under the guidance of artist Nick Cave. Once again, I returned to Boston and began teaching as an adjunct at several colleges including MassArt, Mount Ida College and Newbury College and became involved as Interim Director for the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance (BLAA). I’ve been lucky enough to show my work in galleries across the nation and at home and look forward to adding BAC to that list.

What passions do you bring to the BAC community?
I love integrating my art practice into the physical spaces that are formed by communities. I look forward to sharing the process with the BAC community through workshops and artist talks.

What was your favorite childhood art project?
I love looking at old work and even created my own comic book universe over the course of middle school, but I’m keen to share the recollection of a drawing that’s lived in my memory for decades; a pencil sketch of a tree full of toilets… a toilet tree. I like to think my humor has evolved, but not by too much.

Who are some of your art heroes?
Too many! Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Dorothy Iannone, Paul Thek, Forrest Bess, Paul Cadmus, Beatrice Wood and David Hockney have been artists I’ve been reading up on lately.

We are thrilled to have Dave at the BAC as the first Echo Trobridge Artist in Residence. The residency provides five weeks of artistic development and culminates with a three-week public exhibition in our unique gallery space.

Learn more about Dave’s work: https://www.davejbermingham.com/.