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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) 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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The making of MEANDER

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MEANDER (Spiegel im Spiegel im Spiegel) // Installation at Kearsney Abbey, Dover

Here a few impressions of the spatial installation I am building for my artist residency at Kearsney Parks in Dover. Entitled MEANDER (Spiegel im Spiegel im Spiegel) the structure consists of two looped lines and four mirrored planes. The two zigzag forms are three-dimensional inversions of each other, with the black object acting as the physical shadow of the white one. Four mirrored perspex planes are held by the structure in four different orientations. The diagonal positioning of the mirrors breaks the perfect symmetry of the perpendicular double-structure.

The ‘axiomatic structure’ (Rosalind Krauss, Sculpture in the Expanded Field, 1979) is devised as a peripatetic object. It will meander through Kearsney Abbey, exploring different locations along the River Dour, the culverts and ponds in the park. The mirrors will reflect the changing settings and the installation will be mirrored in the water in turn.

When designing the structure, I remembered Arvo Pärt’s composition Spiegel im Spiegel (1978) and Morton Feldman’s Crippled Symmetry (1983) and decided to combine the inauguration event for the sculpture with a musical performance in the park. More information about the forthcoming concert in a next post. For now, here some images from the making-of phase of MEANDER.

 

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MEANDER (Spiegel im Spiegel im Spiegel)

Painted timber and mirrored Perspex, 88 cm x 44 cm x 396 cm

Gabor Stark, 2018

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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Artist Residency at Kearsney Parks, Dover

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I’m delighted to take up an artist residency at Kearsney Parks in Dover this summer. The residency is part of Art in the Park: Kearsney interpreted, an Arts Council England funded project in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. Organised by Dover District Council and DAD Dover Arts Development, the project aims to engage people through arts and culture and to bring new audiences to the parks. It involves a series of artist residencies, public events and a Park Bench poetry, painting and drawing project initiated and curated by Joanna Jones.

Following on from my portable Space Standards, I am planning to continue my investigation into peripatetic axiomatic structures. Above and below a few first collages of meandering white lines meandering through the park.

Kearsney Meanders, Gabor Stark, 2018

Art in the Park: Kearsney interpreted

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

Residency artists: Kate Beaugie // Joseph Black // Drew Burrett // Alma Tischler Wood // Jamie Jenkinson // Phil Saunders // Clare Smith // Gabor Stark // Louise Webb // Lisa Derand

Funded by: Arts Council England & Heritage Lottery Fund

 

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