Julie Comnick: Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra
Firehouse Art Center
January 27 - February 28, 2016
- Opening Reception: Friday, February 12 from 6-9 PM
- Artist Talk & Violin Performance: Sunday, February 28 at 3 PM
Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra is a painting and video project which explores the gradual dissolution of culture in contemporary society through the symbolic ruin of a personal and cultural icon, the violin. Using the violin as a metaphor, Comnick intends to raise questions about the relationship between increasing technology and diminishing cultural heritage. The audience is invited to consider what makes the instrument precious in his or her own experience, and the impact of its loss.
“We are all haunted by our unrealized pursuits, and anxiety is the material of our collective nightmares. I am interested in iconography as a social construct, and the images that endure in our collective memory. How does personal observation inform common experience? How are images tied to memory and social consciousness? And what is the role of pictorial representation in visual culture?”
“For a period of nine months I solicited violins beyond repair from instrument shops nationwide. After collecting nearly one hundred violins, I piled them in a mountaintop clearing and burned them at dusk. Observing the site from six o’clock p.m. to six o’clock a.m., the documentation of the event is the source material for the series of large-scale paintings that depict the pile of violins in various phases of ruin: at sunset, illuminated by the lowering sun; at nightfall, in stages of burning; and at dawn, the charred remains. A video accompanies the paintings, documenting the pile from sunset to sunrise.”
Julie Comnick’s paintings and drawings engage the pictorial languages of representation and narration to pose questions about social circumstances and practices. Her exhibition record includes solo shows nationally at contemporary venues including Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa AZ; Space Gallery, Denver, CO; The Gallery at Flashpoint, Washington, DC; Zg Gallery, Chicago IL; and Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT; group exhibitions internationally; and reviews in prominent publications including the Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, and Dialogue Magazine. Her work has been supported by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Julie lives in Prescott, Arizona, where she holds the position of Studio Arts Faculty in the Arts & Letters department at Prescott College, teaching interdisciplinary courses in painting, drawing, art theory and public art. She received an MFA in Painting from Montana State University and a BA from The Evergreen State College.
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