Brighton's Fabrica scores a summer hit with monumental installation of sheet music

By Mark Sheerin | 25 July 2013

Exhibition preview: Susie MacMurray - Resonance, Fabrica, Brighton, until August 26 2013

Colour photo of a sculptural installation made from rolled scores of music
Susie MacMurray, Resonance (2013), installation view© Courtesy Fabrica Gallery
Considering the history of both building and artist, the outcome of MacMurray’s invitation to exhibit at Fabrica appears inevitable. The Brighton gallery is a former chapel. The artist is a former classical musician. They are bound by a long association with music. And so music forms the raw material.

Don’t expect anything you can hum along to. The work is sculpture rather than sound installation. MacMurray has amassed reams and reams of sheet music which now fill the gallery. And indeed, many of the scores on display relate to hymns which may well have once been sung regularly here.

But the international artist has also strayed from the religious strait and narrow. Jazz and popular music are also represented along with the choral and chamber works. And while you cannot listen to it, this ambitious piece does promise full immersion.

Mac Murray has spoken of “a physical experience akin to the sensation a musician feels playing at the centre of an orchestra.”

She also suggests the viewer think of music as a landscape with many textures and layers. Owing to the changing light, her work should change day by day.

  • Open 12pm-5pm Wednesday-Saturday (7pm Thursdays during August). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter
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