Colston Hall is a very old and renown music venue in Bristol, which has in the last few years undertaken a complete redevelopment, and the two artists were commissioned to create art which would be structurally integrated into the building. Bristol is less than an hour's drive away for me, and I have been in Colston Hall a couple of times - once to a concert, and once simply to visit the wonderful building. I spent quite some time in front of Brennand-Wood's work, which is on a wall in the terrace bar. I took some photos, at different distances, so one can see the overall design as well as close-up details.
|"Celestial Music" by Michael Brennand-Wood|
|Medium distance view|
What particularly fascinates me about this double commission is that both artists have trained in textiles and in fact they are mostly known for their textile work. Although I would prefer to call Brennand-Wood a mixed-media artist, the only work I've ever seen by Matthew Harris is definitely textile - very tactile. He has exhibited in different places in Somerset, among them Black Swan Arts in Frome.
I have not seen Matthew's work in Colston Hall, because as I understand it is inside one of the concert halls - there are two of them - and the one I've been to for a concert was not the right one! Although I believe they do let you in to look at the work if there is no concert going on. I have no pictures of the installation, but there are several in Matthew's website. It is called "Scorched - A Graphic Score" and it consists of stitch-like marks made with a plasma cutter on thin wooden strips - using the tool as a pen to burn 'music' onto the surface.
If you live near enough, or happen to be passing through Bristol, I thoroughly recommend a visit to Colston Hall.
|Colston Hall interior|