Friday, April 1, 2011

Artista Vista past present future or something

Most of you know Artista Vista as a one-night gallery crawl held each spring. The crawling part is important and without the galleries in the Vista it wouldn't exist.
But the event  grew out of the rise of installation art in the early 1990s, especially by the groundbreaking 1991 exhibition “Places with a Past” at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston. Columbia artists seized the inspiration and for a number of years during Artista Vista organized significant installation art shows. This year, in honor of the 20th anniversary, the organization embraces art outside the gallery walls again.
The installations (and a few other things) will take place over three days and from one end of the Vista to the other. (The Vista, in case you didn't know extends from the Congaree River to Assembly Street and from Elmwood Avenue to Blossom Street - it's big.)

Half a dozen artists will create works for 927-929 Gervais St. ranging from found object sculptures to fabric and ceramic-based installations, as well as work created of sound. (Check out the list to the right of artists taking part. Click on the names to learn more about them.)
Two pieces will be located near the fire training tower at Park and Gervais streets. 
Members of the About Face and Dr. Sketchy art-making groups will be working in the area.
A photo show - with the photos taken with rare Polaroid film - will take a look at the Vista.
A percussion ensemble will play at City Art.
The University of South Carolina art department painting studios will have an open house and the department’s adjacently-located, brand new wood-fired kiln will also be in action.

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