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David Wilkinson
Westminster Quartet


St Pauls Gallery

September 30 - October 28, 2006

work: one piece - Westminster Quartet


Everydebris brought together a group of artists whose practice often includes the use of found materials to generate new works. Westminster Quartet, the work made for the gallery, used a chiming clock, acquired some time previously, adapted to make a continuously playing audio work.

Having researched solar power as a solution to the power supply requirements of certain types of work (Heliotrope, July 2006), this method was again chosen, only this time rather than use the sun, the gallery lighting system provided the light source and hence the power for the clock mechanism. In this way the work would only function during the opening times of the gallery and would need no attention from the gallery staff since its function was controlled entirely by the gallery lights.

The title Westminster Quartet refers to the note sequence of the clock chime, known as the Westminster quarters that consist of five different permutations of four pitches - C E D G - believed to originate in Handel’s Messiah.

Siting this work in the newly constructed gallery within the nave of St Paul's Church in Bow afforded the piece a particular poignancy since the original belltower was destroyed during the last war.

During the exhibition period, the curators organised a panel discussion led by David Howells with contributions from Richard Wentworth, Boo Ritson and Joby Williamson.

related outcome:
David Howells: Bricolage

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