The Commission 2015


It's a one night stand...


The Commission

Glass and Bridle, Pomegranate and Pears:

On the Viability and Transience of a Free and Perfect Union

May 9, 2015

Adventure Farm


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 (literature, visual art, musical composition) VCCA fosters.


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 heartbeat, 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 from 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, visual artist Brice Brown (New York, NY) and composer, Alan Shockley (Lakewood, CA) won The Commission commission with their Glass and Bridle, Pomegranate and Pears: On the Viability and Transience of a Free and Perfect UnionIt was chosen by a group of VCCA supporters from the three proposals Juror Ashley Kistler (Director, VCUarts' Anderson Gallery) had selected from a larger field of applicants. Though the artists have been identified, their piece will remain secret until the big reveal on May 9.


Part vernissage, part rollicking good time, VCCA’s The Commission is a major event on the art and social scenes of central Virginia and beyond. This year the event will be held at spectacular Adventure Farm in Earlysville, VA just outside Charlottesville. You can be part of this fun, enriching evening!


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.