Friday, January 26, 2018

UCCS' Art WithOut Limits Program commissions unique soundart installation for Ent Center for the Arts

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UCCS’ Ent Center for the Arts only opened officially to the public on Jan. 16, and will host its opening gala on Feb. 3, but the surprises haven’t stopped rolling in. In addition to the upcoming season offering more than 160 productions in this 92,000-square-foot, multi-venue space, UCCS’ Art WithOut Limits (AWOL) program has brought unique sculpture to the Ent Center grounds.

Daisy McGowan, director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art and curator of the AWOL program, recently spoke to the Indy about bringing Starr Kempf’s kinetic sculptures back to Colorado Springs, but these iconic pieces aren’t the only sculptural draw of the new center.

AWOL has recently acquired artist Craig Colorusso’s fascinating installation, Moon Pod, to remain on the Ent Center grounds through December, 2018. Mood Pod's sleek, modern aesthetic fits the design of the building, but accomplishes much more than that as a standalone piece.

Colorusso, a musician as well as a sculptor, created Moon Pod as the physical manifestation of his experimental musical composition, Moon Phases, which is meant to play within the installation. Musically, Moon Phases builds upon itself as the moon waxes, then tapers off as it wanes, which turns the installation into an experience of light, sound and sculpture.

From the press release:
The music of Moon Phases is calm while it slowly evolves. A perfect setting to sit and listen while occasionally noticing the growth of the shadows. It’s a minimal guitar piece that drones in cycles, as constant and as hauntingly as the moon itself.

Folks are welcome to enter the installation at any point to listen to the music, which can also be found online.

Those who wish to know more about Moon Pod can attend Colorusso’s artist talk with Daisy McGowan on Feb. 2 at the Ent Center for the Arts (5225 N. Nevada Ave.) Pre-registration is recommended. To clue you into the kind of music you'll be hearing, the moon will be in its waning gibbous phase, just coming off the crescendo of the full moon.

Moon Pod will be on display at the center until December, 2018.

Editor's note: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that AWOL had "acquired" Moon Pod, when in actuality they commissioned the piece. We regret the error.
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