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.
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