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May 9, 2015
Begun three years ago as a way to showcase VCCA Fellows' work and demonstrate exactly what VCCA does, The Commission presents a major site-specific collaborative work by at least two artists from the three disciplines we foster.
The first Commission, Bright Shiny Me (2013), brought together visual artist Maja Spasova (London, Berlin) and composer Luis Hilario Arévalo (Mexico City). The 40 foot-square piece was made up of 1,600 mirrors secured to metal spikes. Loudspeakers produced a low frequency sound similar to a hearbeat,created by Arévalo, which caused the mirrors to move fracturing and reflecting light.
Coming to Know What We’ve Always Known, The Commission 2014 took inspiration form the glorious natural surroundings of Central Virginia. Created by visual artist Georgia June Goldberg (Ross, CA) and poet Sally Dawidoff (Berkeley, CA), the piece combined 150 saplings painted bright green that were planted across the landscape like living trees. As the viewer walked through the installation, motion sensors at the base of each tree activated hidden speakers so that Dawidoff could be heard reading her poem.
This year, Ashley Kistler, Director, VCUarts' Anderson Gallery, is the juror for The Commission. After she has chosen three proposals from a larger field of applicants, the winning piece will be selected by a group of art aficionados at a party on January 28.
The Commission 2015 will be unveiled at VCCA's benefit gala at beautiful Adventure Farm in Earlysville, just outside Charlottesville on May 9. Part vernissage, part rollicking good time, VCCA’s The Commission is a major event on the art and social scenes.
For information and tickets to The Commission 2015: kstiffler [at] vcca [dot] com; (434) 946-7236.
To see photos of The Commission 2014, Coming to Know What We've Always Known, click here.