August 2, 2010

Cornelia Parker

(1956, Cheshire, UK)

Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991

Cold Dark Matter began life as a garden shed filled with objects from her own and friends’ sheds and things bought at a car boot sale. She then asked the army to blow up the shed under very controlled conditions. The objects, along with the fragments of the shed, were collected and suspended in a closed room in an attempt to recreate the moment just after the explosion. The installation is lit with a single light-bulb at the very centre of the arrangement, casting shadows on the walls. The title gives us a whole new way of understanding the artwork, making us think of other dramatic moments of destruction and creation in the much wider universe.

Cornelia Parker is an English sculptor and installation artist. Parker studied at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design (1974-75) and Wolverhampton

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