Asphalt Levitation

Collage by Gabor Stark, 2019

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Coda

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coda [ˈkoːda] noun

 “In music, a coda is a passage that brings a piece (or a movement) to an end. Technically, it is an expanded cadence. It may be as simple as a few measures, or as complex as an entire section.”

 Oxford Dictionary of English

 

MEANDER (Spiegel im Spiegel im Spiegel) Timber and mirrored Perspex, 88 x 44 x 396 cm. Gabor Stark, 2018

 

As a coda to my artist residency for the ‘Art in Park: Kearsney interpreted’ project, I installed the MEANDER sculpture at Kearsney Abbey for a last time. Thanks again to everybody who came along to the Meanderings event in August. Here some excerpts from the visitor feedback we received in response to the question ‘What was the best thing about the event?’

“How we could just turn up and discover the art and the music in this beautiful setting, and how Gabor Stark responded to the river and used it so well. // Lovely relaxing atmosphere, beautiful music and fantastic artwork. // Excellent balance of sunlight, trees and music and artwork too! // The atmosphere with arts and music immersed in the park. // Live music in a pastoral setting was magical. Brilliant sculpture worked well in park. // All of it. The synergy between all parts. // The Meanderings event had beauty of many varieties. // Hearing innovative music in a beautiful setting. Please keep up Art in the Park. // The trees. // All of it – the music, surroundings and sculpture. // Combination of music, art and the gorgeous setting. / Combination. // The atmosphere under the tree with the light and music. // Leon String Quartet’s performance. // Melding of art, music, surroundings and Lux Aurumque. // Location, artists, all brilliant. // The music, art and sunshine. // Fantastic event. // The curation, location, installation with orchestra. // Atmosphere and environment // The place.” 

 

Art in the Park: Kearsney interpreted

Project Partners: Kearsney Parks // Dover District Council // DAD Dover Arts Development

Funded by: Arts Council England & Heritage Lottery Fund

 

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Sound & Vision / Art & Music at Kearsney Abbey

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MEANDERINGS – Art & Music in the Park

On Saturday 25 August, nearly one hundred visitors came along to enjoy an afternoon of art and music at Kearsney Abbey in Dover. As part of my Art in the Park: Kearsney interpreted artist residency, I had placed my site-specific sculpture MEANDER (Spiegel im Spiegel im Spiegel) in one of the open sections of the culvert that meanders through the park, and the Leon String Quartet performed around the installation.

The four movements of Philip Glass’s second string quartet Company were followed by an Indian raga and the premiere of Matthew Brown’s Meanderings, a composition inspired by my installation and written exclusively for the event. For the fourth and final piece of the concert, Kammy Pike and Karen Jolliffe (violins), Julie Peat (cello) and Matthew Brown (viola) positioned themselves in front of the four mirrors of the MEANDER installation to perform Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque. The title translates as ‘light and gold’ and is a fitting description of the very special and quite magical atmosphere of the event.

 

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MEANDER (Spiegel im Spiegel im Spiegel) Gabor Stark

MEANDER (Spiegel im Spiegel im Spiegel) Timber and mirrored Perspex, 88 x 44 x 396 cm. Gabor Stark, 2018

Thanks to Daniel Stilwell and Sophie Aunger for helping with the construction and the setting-up; to Kate Beaugié, Helen Lindon and Joanna Jones for the film and sound recordings; to Peppy Cheng and Ming-Han Yeh for the additional photography, to Anita Sedgewick, DDC Community Engagement Officer at Kearney Parks, for her continuous support of the project; to Clare Smith and Joanna Jones from DAD for re-inviting me to do another project in Dover; and to Matthew Brown and the Leon String Quartet for the truly wonderful music.

 

Art in the Park: Kearsney interpreted

Project Partners: Kearsney Parks // Dover District Council // DAD Dover Arts Development

Funded by: Arts Council England & Heritage Lottery Fund

 

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MEANDERINGS Art & Music in the Park. Kearsney Abbey, 25 August 2018

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MEANDERINGS – Art & Music in the Park

Saturday 25 August 2018, 4:00 – 5:00 pm at Kearsney Abbey, Alkham Road, Dover, Kent CT16 3DZ

The event is part of the Arts Council England funded project Art in the Park: Kearsney interpreted. Led by Dover District Council and curated by Dover Arts Development, the project involves a series of residencies in which artists develop new works that are inspired by Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. In my residency, I have built MEANDER (Spiegel im Spiegel im Spiegel)a mobile structure that explores different locations along the meandering culverts and ponds in the park. On the occasion of the public event, the Leon String Quartet will perform compositions and arrangements by Philip Glass, Eric Whitacre and Matthew Brown.

  1. String Quartet No. 2  Philip Glass (1983)
  2. Lux Aurumque Eric Whitacre (2000), arranged for string quartet by Matthew Brown
  3. Shri Ramachandra Kripalu Indian devotional song (16th Century), arranged by Matthew Brown
  4. Meanderings Matthew Brown (2018)

Leon String Quartet 

Art in the Park: Kearsney interpreted

Project Partners: Kearsney Parks // Dover District Council // DAD Dover Arts Development

Funded by: Arts Council England & Heritage Lottery Fund

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