Fall is here, and according to The Bunnyman Bridge Collective, that means more than just falling leaves and pumpkin-flavored lattes. It means it's time to disrupt the norm. With eight artists ranging from collages to found object pieces to abstract paintings, this exhibition is about decay and the dark spaces of our imagination. While it may sound a little gloomy, it's about reinvigoration and reinterpretation — breaking down to build back up.

"Sometimes, you have to break away everything that is decaying, and totally deconstruct it and totally break it down to find what is really at the heart and what is really at the soul of creativity," said Jessica Kallista, one of the founding members of The Bunnyman Bridge Collective.

The emphasis on change within the exhibition is meant to juxtapose the change within the season. It's meant to match one's mental states, according to Javier Padilla, one of the artists within the exhibition as well as one of the founding members of The Bunnyman Bridge Collective.

The Collective is a Fairfax-based group of artists and art movement. In the About section of their Facebook page, it says, "We seek to disrupt the surrender to homogeneity of manicured lawns and living rooms decorated with art that does nothing more than match the sofa."

In other words, they're looking to do something different and get noticed while doing it. Forget art that looks like a copy of a copy of a copy. And forget the stereotype that all of art is in the city and only the city.

With exhibitions like, "Fallen," The Bunnyman Bridge Collective is challenging the communities they're in and promoting artists that are as weird, or wild or unique as possible. They're proving that there is art in suburbia, and that art movements are not solely located in New York or California — but can also be found in Fairfax, Virginia.

The eight artists in the exhibition include Lina Alattar, David Barr, Alex Beck, Michael Brown, Abner De Jesus, Javier Padilla, Kathy Turner and Asad ULTRA Walker. The musical headlining act for the event was electronic-indie musician, Den-Mate.

For the coming year, there are plans to expand The Bunnyman Bridge Collective with artists as well as exhibitions in other art galleries. There are also plans to create a space specifically for the Collective to showcase their artworks. For their next exhibition, expect, "Divine," with vivid colors, ornate calligraphy and the focus on "the rebirth of everything," says Padilla.

The opening was on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Epicure Cafe. The exhibition will continue until Dec. 5. Check out the exhibition at 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA.


About Michelle Goldchain

Michelle is a photojournalist who loves to live life by never sitting still. You can find her in art galleries in Dupont Circle, ethnic restaurants in Adams Morgan and comedy clubs in Arlington. In her spare time, when she's not typing away at a computer screen, she's probably listening to moody electronic music, watching cat videos or doodling.
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