Matt’s Gallery show at Dilston Grove.
The advanced information for Quill Two purposefully misdirected the expectations of the future audience by showed an image of the sculpture Quill.
A three-day manifestation
The original QUILL was made for an exhibition in the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford.
It was mounted above a long slender case containing instruments and paraphernalia for the act of writing, including a silver sheathed pen that closely resembles the metal scabbard that covers the bayonet at the end of QUILL. The main body of QUILL consists of a Lee Enfield 303 rifle. It has been modified into a tapering three-metre object that is impossible to use as a gun.
QUILL TWO is different in almost everyway, except two.
QUILL TWO was constructed to exist for three days in the concrete shell of the empty church of Dilston Grove. The balance, light, proportion and scent were taken into consideration to breed it. The distinctive feature of the faded balcony high on the far South West wall
Holds the focus of the space once the eyes becomes accustomed to its unique scale and hushed illumination. The changing light of an autumn day was also a major influence and inspired its design and meaning. The wooden structure of Quill mimics the colour and material of the balcony and perches on its edge like a constructivist bird or DIY insect. It is only when the intruder comes closer that they realise that the structure is occupied / worn / a symbiotic mechanism with a human host operating it. Parts of its structure breathe and unfold, change shape and stretches, but the movements of Quill are limited and repetitive and sometimes responsive to the intruders in the hall. Sometimes it hears outside sirens and the sounds of birds. Once it engaged with a visitor’s dog. And occasionally it seemed to gob gold watches, magpie like onto anybody who stood beneath it