During a brief trip to York last week, I visited York St Mary’s – an art space that makes use of one of the city’s many church buildings (www.yorkstmarys.org.uk).
The church is currently home to an installation called Flood by Manchester-born artist Susan Stockwell (www.susanstockwell.co.uk). Utilising the high ceilings Flood consists of old computer components cascading down from the roof like a stalactite. The installation was about contrast – the ancient and the new; the natural stonework of the church and the synthetic nature of the computer parts and the grey and the colourful. But the pairing was also incredibly complementary in both their vast scale and the sense that neither the church (which is deconsecrated) nor the computer parts are no longer useful in their original sense – but have both found new meaning in the 21st Century.
Flood is on show until the end of October.