Sending Letters to the Sea
|Artist Name(s)||Mark Garry|
|Artwork title||Sending Letters to the Sea|
|Context/Background||Sending letters to the Sea is a collaborative music project initiated by visual artist and musician Mark Garry. This unique project was realized as part of Fingal County Councils series of public art commissions, funded through the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government's Per Cent for Art Scheme.|
In 2007 a number of artists were selected to be part of Fingal County Council's Public Art Panel. The selected artists were invited to respond to a brief which reflected, either physically or theoretically, aspects of Fingal's society, culture, heritage, and geography with the aim of expanding the notion of public art and role of the local authority as a commissioner of new practices.
When selected to be part of this panel Mark tried to find a mechanism that would both engage in a local context but have the scope to reach a diverse and far reaching audience. Mark is very interested in Ireland's culturally Christian status and the broader cultural impact of Christianity. The artist engaged in a period of research, looking at the connections between music and religious celebration from both technical and philosophical perspectives and how religion and religious instances throughout history influenced and shaped the many forms of music we hear today. The process evolved to become a collaborative musical project that incorporated elements of Mark's research in its development in a variety of subtle and more overt ways. Mark brought together a range of musicians working in broad range of classical and contemporary musical techniques. The outcome from this collaboration was a Vinyl and CD release that was developed over a two year period and recorded in Studio East in Berlin and St. Columba's Church.
Sending Letters to the Sea MySpace:
Sending Letters to the Sea CD and vinyl available for purchase here: http://www.roadrecs.com/stock/shopping.php3?start=1&action=4&artist=SENDING%20LETTERS%20TO%20THE%20SEA
Video footage of studio session on the Small Hours show http://youtube.com/watch?v=eJePEcRFbBU
Mark has had a number of notable international opportunities as an artist and was one of the artists who represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Selected recent exhibitions include: Solo Exhibition, Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesborough UK (2009); Frequency: The Hugh lane Gallery Dublin (2009); Flower Power, Tai Turin Art International, CRAA Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Torino,Italy (2009); Inner and Outer Space, The Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh Pensilvania USA (2008); Green Screen: The Institute of Contemporary art Newtown, Sydney Australia.(2008); Gallery 2 The Paradise, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, (2006); The foundation to life, New York, USA (curated by Cathy Siegel.) (2006); Glass Box, Paris (2006); Ireland at Venice, Venice Biennial, Scuola di San Pasquale, Venice (Representing the Republic of Ireland) (2005), which travelled to Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork (2006).
|Commission Type||Local Authority|
|Commissioner Name||Caroline Cowley, Public Art Manager, Fingal Co CO Arts Office|
|Commissioning process||Part of a programmatic approach|
|Public Presentation dates||November 19, 2009 - January 1, 1970|
|Funded By||Fingal County Council|
|Percent for art||Yes|
|Budget Range||10000 - 30000 euro|
|Location||St Columba's Church, Swords|
|Content contributor(s)||Mark Garry|
|Relationship to project||Artist|
|Associated professionals / Specialists involved||
Musicians: Karl Burke (AKA Karl Him)Rhona Btrne, Nina Hynes, Sean Carpio, Eileen Carpio, Fabien Leseure and Benoit Leseure, Geaspar Warfield on Cello and John Egan The Fingal chamber choir.
Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.