The genesis of the Light Source Commissions series emerged during a challenging period marked by personal and societal limitations. Consequently, each project within this series is not only an extension of the ongoing artistic pursuits and interests of the participants but also a reflection of the era in which these works were conceived—a time defined by human fragility, resilience, and imagination.
These ambitious projects, initially presented digitally, online, or remotely, now find new life as a collective display in the gallery spaces at Buxton Contemporary. The exhibition encompasses six commissions, featuring ventures that range from perform-at-home mail art to AI-powered digital media, video, and installation. Reflecting the omnipresence of technology and the evolving virtual role of museums, these showcased projects delve into local and global themes and issues.
Themes explored include humor, ritual, and art's societal role; the mediation of lived experiences through representational conventions; corporate duplicity, neoliberalism, and the climate crisis; humanity's complex relationship with nature; the chance to glean insights from diverse cultures and knowledge systems, along with the enduring impacts of colonialism; and the intricate and evolving dynamics of the global political economy.
A seventh commission, originally planned with Destiny Deacon and her long-time collaborator Virginia Fraser, was regrettably unattainable due to Virginia Fraser's untimely passing. Buxton Contemporary mourns this loss alongside First Nations, feminist, arts, education, film, and media communities. To acknowledge their participation in this project and honor their enduring collaboration and contribution to art, culture, and social change, an existing work by Virginia and Destiny has been included in the exhibition.