Working in partnership with UH Arts, artist Krijn de Koning has created a site-specific installation. De Koning’s art practice takes different structures and environments – such as Compton Verney, Edinburgh College of Art and Folkstone Triennial – to create interventions in a space, which both highlight and intervene with our experience, perception and assumptions of these places. Based in Amsterdam, de Koning has been able to explore sites in Hertfordshire and Essex with fresh perspectives as a visitor.
The artist’s interest in architecture is well placed at The Gibberd Garden. Characterising the Garden as ‘rooms’ inspired de Koning to design a structure which is divided by walls – acting to partition the space. He has created compartments which feature ‘openings’ that allow people to look and step through as they navigate the space. De Koning often employs geometric shapes in his work, and there they relate to the passages in the Chinese and Japanese gardens.
He states: “The whole installation creates a spatial game of see-through, obstruction and framing that investigates the interaction between the specific iconography of an object (in this case the trees) and the experience of place, which is of a much wider character. The trees are central and important as the work that surrounds them, they belong to each other. The situation is in balance, but together they put a lot of particular focus and attention to the place”.
Krijn de Koning guides the visitor to see and experience the Garden through a new architectural structure, as the Garden in turn forms an integral part of the work. https://newgeographies.uk/artist/krijn-de-koning/.