Artist Talk: Thursday 11 March 7-9pm
The University of Auckland Epsom Campus -(Ak College of Education) Epsom Ave, Gate 3, Lecture Room J3 7 – 9pm Door Sales
Two Rooms is very privileged to bring internationally renowned, British artist, Cornelia Parker to New Zealand. She is best know for her large scale site-specific installations, using found and transformed objects in order to reveal the history and possibility of objects that are often loaded with cultural meaning.
“I resurrect things that have been killed off… My work is all about the potential of materials – even when it looks like they’ve lost all possibilities.”
Her work engages both humour and scientific rigour. By documenting the volatile states of matter from solid through to dust, Parker is able to find the essence of an object that is retained through past, present and potential manifestations.
Major works include The Maybe (1995); a collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton who appeared sleeping inside a vitrine at the Serpentine Gallery; and Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991), where Parker had the British Army explode a garden shed. The fragments were then suspended around a light source casting shadows of the shattered pieces on the walls at the Tate Modern Gallery.
In her exhibition No Man’s Land, sculptural works ‘Transitional Objects’, hover above the floor. Tents made of safety nets have been transformed into something not so safe. They are like traps or snares, shelters without walls, or even mourning veils. The tents are black, grounded with lead weights and silhouetted against the wall creating a moiré of worry lines. In the gallery context they become minimal grid like drawings.
In ‘No Man’s Land’ the net has been woven with cut-up black clothing, the clothes that once covered a body, have exhaled to form a kind of camouflage.
A pair of bugles one flattened entitled ‘Composition with Horns (Reveille)’, is suspended from the ceiling, a muted call to arms in a transitional world.
Completing the exhibition are Bullet Drawings and Poison Drawings:
The Bullet Drawings are made from various different types of lead bullet that have been melted down together and ‘drawn’ into lead wire. The bullets, through the process of being drawn, have effectively been made into their own trajectories. Each drawing uses a length of wire that has the same quantity of lead contained in a .44 Magnum bullet (perhaps the most iconic bullet).
The Poison Drawings, constructed as black and white Rorschach blots contain rattle snake venom in a suspension of black ink with the antidote contained in white Ink. The drawing has the capacity to both kill and save.
Cornelia Parker studied art and received her MFA at Reading University in 1982. She was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Wolverhampton (2000), the University of Birmingham (2005), and the University of Gloucestershire (2008). Cornelia Parker was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997 and featured in the 8th International Sharjah Biennial in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates in 2007.
Cornelia Parker has had numerous solo exhibitions in England, Europe, and the United States, at the Serpentine Gallery, London (1998), ICA Boston (2000), the Galeria Civica de Arte Moderne in Turin (2001), the Kunstverein in Stuttgart (2004), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California (2005), the Modern Museum at Fort Worth, Texas (2006) and Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima Peru (2008). The work of Cornelia Parker was included in group exhibitions and public collections at the Tate Gallery in London, MOMA in New York, the British Council, Henry Moore Foundation, De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Yale Center for British Art and many other venues.
Some of her most noted exhibitions and works include Chomskian Abstract (2008) at the Sydney Biennale 2008, Never Endings (2007, 2008), Brontëan Abstracts (2006), The Distance (A Kiss with String Attached) (2003), Subconscious of a Monument (2002), Blue Shift (2001), Edge of England (1999), and The Maybe, in collaboration with Tilda Swinton (1995).