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, Flagstaff artist Julie Comnick raises questions about the relationship between advancing technology and diminishing cultural heritage. Comnick invites the audience to consider what makes the instrument precious in his or her own experience, and the impact of its loss.
Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra will open with members preview reception on Saturday, January 6, 6-8pm, and public opening reception on Saturday, January 13, 6-8pm. The public opening reception will feature an Artist Talk at 5pm. Comnick will also perform a solo violin piece at both receptions.
Comnick serves as Foundations Coordinator in the School of Art faculty at Northern Arizona University.
Concurrent with Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra, two other exhibitions will open at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Prescott artist Karen Clarkson’s exhibition, A Choctaw Story of Land and Blood will during at the same time as Arrangement. Another exhibition titled River Reflections featuring local artists who journeyed together on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon will be on display in the Hidden Light Gallery.