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Cornelia Parker

Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View
18 September - 27 October 1991


Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View consists of a garden shed and its various miscellaneous contents, which have been blown up by the army. The exploded shed is suspended from the ceiling of the gallery with a single light source at its centre. The various pieces of shed and contents are hung as if in mid-explosion in the shape of a cube (4m x 4m x 4m approx.) The central light source of the piece casts shadows of the miscellaneous fragments across the gallery walls, heightening the dramatic dynamic of the work.

The work parodies the Big Bang; the beginning of the universe as a bench experiment in a garden shed. From the initial blast, matter flies out in the form of the shed’s everyday contents. This constellation of domestic appliances, sporting equipment, household objects, gifts and purchases are not exactly examples of the pinnacle of human development and civilization, but are at least a part of its copious inventiveness and folly.

Cornelia Parker was born in Cheshire, England in 1956. She studied at Gloucestershire College of Art & Design, Wolverhampton Polytechnic and Reading University. Parker’s exhibition history since 1991 includes solo exhibitions at many national and international museums and galleries, such as the Whitworth, The University of Manchester; The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; and Serpentine Galleries, London. In recent years, her major commissions have included Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) (2016) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Magna Carta (An Embroidery) (2015) at the British Library, London. Parker has participated in the Gwanju and Sydney Biennials and the Aichi and Guangzhou Triennials. Her recent curatorial projects include the Black and White Room at the RA Summer Exhibition 2014 and Found (2016) at the Foundling Museum, London. Cornelia Parker was awarded an OBE in 2010 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997. She lives and works in London. Cornelia Parker is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London.

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