Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Cornelia Parker

While studying abroad in England I discovered the amazing works of artist Cornelia Parker. I became a fan when I saw the above installation at a museum. Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View is a garden shed with contents blown up by the British army, and then organized and hung by the artist.

Frith Street Gallery describes Parker as, "fascinated with processes in the world that mimic cartoon 'deaths' - steamrollering, shooting full of holes, falling from cliffs and explosions. Through a combination of visual and verbal allusions, her work triggers cultural metaphors and personal associations which allow the viewer to witness the transformation of the most ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary."
Breathless - 54 brass band instruments flattened by a hydraulic compressor.

Subconscious of a Monument - Soil excavated from beneath the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Shared fate - Objects cut by the guillotine that beheaded Marie Antoinette.

Embryo Firearms - Colt 45 guns in the earliest stage of production.

I enjoy how Parker's work brings attention to ordinary objects, and she does it with great wit, mystery, and intention. Truly inspiring.




Krissy said...

WOW! thanks so much for introducing me to her work. love it!

Chocolate and Steel said...

Beautiful! I'm still looking at them and thinking how did she do that. You are so lucky you got to see her work in person. Thanks for the info.

Diana said...

Thanks! She uses obscure methods of achieving her art, but isn't that the greatest part?

design for mankind. said...

LOVE these! p.s. Just left you a NOVEL in my Roadmaps comment section... ;)

Mrs.French said...

I love an artist with a sense of humor!
psssst...I just added you to my blogroll.

High Desert Diva said...

Very interesting....the titles are perfect

maison21 said...

my kinda art.

thanks for visiting my blog, so i could come visit yours! put you on the old blog roll!

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