Take a traditional garden shed, get the British Army to explode it, then re-arrange the debris into a large-scale installation. The result is stunning (see above).
Take a famous, iconic sculpture and drape a mile of string around it. The result is a thought-provoking re-examination of the work and its context. Rodin’s ‘the Kiss’ was transformed, by the simple act of being wrapped around with a mile of string, into a succinct statement about relationships bonding couples together, but at the same time highlighting ‘the ties that bind’ that also trap them.
Cornelia Parker has steadily become a major force in Art throughout the world with works that range from small wall-hung items to large-scale installations. The “Sensationalist” nature of her work conceals a rigorous intellectual discipline and deep consideration of the larger issues that are highlighted.
Much of her work shows homage to Marcel Duchamps with ‘found’ objects appearing such as ‘Object that fell off the White Cliffs of Dover’.
In Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson), Parker uses pieces of burnt wood taken from a building destroyed by fire, where arson was the suspected cause of the blaze. The blackened wood pieces seem to explode in all directions, yet are paradoxically caught and held motionless within a rectangular column of air. The rigid arrangement of the hanging charcoal produces a clear linearity within the piece,Her fascination for organisation of fragmented subjects continued with “Edge of England”, rearranged fragments of a part of a cliff at Beachy Head.
Her recent work has involved scientists at The University of Manchester, where samples of graphite from works by Turner, Picasso and others have been transformed into Graphene which she incorporates into a work specifically to open the exhibition at the Whitworth. The Exhibition runs from 14th March to 31st May.