John Dombroski and Ander Mikalson

John Dombroski and Ander Mikalson

John Dombroski and Ander Mikalson, Problem Piece (Confederate Memorial Chapel, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, USA), 2015. Daylight-intensity exterior lighting, contact microphones on floors and pews, sound system, visitors.

 

The installation is comprised of lighting and sound elements focused on visitors’ presence within the Confederate Memorial Chapel in Richmond, VA. High-powered lighting starkly illuminates the chapel exterior, as the interior of the building is filled with light and shadow cast through windows and interstices. The sounds of visitors’ physical contact with the chapel interior are amplified by a network of contact microphones installed on/around the floorboards and pews. These sounds reverberate throughout the space via delays and panning, causing, for example, a visitor’s step in the entryway to sound seconds later in the pulpit, where their shadow stands. By illuminating and amplifying the building, and visitor’s presence within it, we hope to create a heightened sensory experience that invites investigation and introspection into the socio-political significance of the place.

Ander Mikalson lives and works in New York City. She earned an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA from University of California Santa Barbara. Select solo exhibitions include “North Shore,” MOIETY, Brooklyn (2015); “Three’s Company for Eight Performers,” Churner & Churner, New York; “Score for Two Dinosaurs,” Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara and Queens Museum, Queens (both 2014); “Score for a Dinosaur,” Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia (2013); and “Score for a Cyclone,” Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2012). Her work has also been included in recent group shows such as “InLight,” Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2015); “The Transportation Business,” curated by Gregory Volk, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York; and “Recuperative Tactics,” curated by Lisi Raskin, Art in General, New York (both 2014); and “Approaching Infinity,” Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento (2013). She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum and will be showing a new performance at The Kitchen, New York, in 2016.

John Dombroski grew up in rural England and the Washington D.C. area. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (’13) and Ox-Bow School of the Arts (’15) alumnus. Select exhibition and performance venues include Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Ireland; Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Korea/Worldwide; Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Italy; Churner & Churner, New York; Aurora, Texas; Whitman College, Washington; MSPS New Music Festival, Louisiana; Palisades, New York; Summercamp’s ProjectProject, Los Angeles; and numerous community radio stations across the USA. He is a former adjunct faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts, was a recipient of a Virginia Commonwealth University Undergraduate Research Grant (’11), a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Undergraduate Fellowship (’11), and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship (’14). He is currently living and traveling around the United States by car.