Cornelia Parker – What do Artist Do all day (BBC2 ) Links http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02tg2z2
You Tube Link :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuAF55BN-Ak
This was the first program I saw in the What do Artist Do All Day series, and this inspired me to watch and research the rest of the series.
I like Cornelia Parker for a number of reasons – she went to the same Polytechnic as I did in Wolverhampton, she produces a wide range of art in different mediums, and her art work is really engaging.
Her central style/themes is about re-interpreting things in the world, re-arranging them in order to make the ordinary, quite extraordinary. She also produces art installations which have an isolation quality about them.
The way she works is very interesting to observe as she tends to have quite a few projects on the go at any one time, and is often hopping between them like a grasshopper. She tends to set out a rough direction for her work, but lets the ideas and diversions come to her along the way.
She initially started with paintings at Wolves Poly, but then moved to ‘Installation Art’ before shooting to fame and glory when she won the Turner Prize with her piece on Cold Dark Matter – see later.
Installation Art, as it’s name implies, tends to be structures that exist in spaces such as exhibitions, museums or in buildings. Many of her earlier works were ‘temporary’ and existed for a defined period, but she found she that is was more commercially viable if they were made more permanent.
Her installation Cold Dark Matter, involved blowing up a shed with some of her possessions in it, and then creating an installation of all the exploded pieces as if it had just exploded. The effect with the lighting was dramatic and mesmerizing. It created something that even photography and film could not come close – it was able to isolate an actual moment in time but in 3D, and with the artist full control. The book showed this in two different spaces, and it was amazing to see how different they looked with different lighting , space and background.
Her work often involves some aspect of ‘ extreme violence ‘ during the creation of her pieces, whether that is with explosives in Cold Dark Matter, a steam roller flattening musical instruments (30 Pieces of Silver), or melting down bullets to create wire for a sculpture. However all this is invisible to the viewer who contemplates her work in relative peace and quiet. Once again, this show the value of this type of programme.
She also includes photography as part of her installations, and in the program we had a glimpse of this when she went around to the outsides of women’s prisons and photographers the leaching patterns and cracks on the brick work as a sign of the effects that prison has on the inmates lives. These were then displayed as a block of photos as a display, presumably to indicate the different effects that isolation has on its inmates.
For more information on Cornelia Parker, see this link
Book :- Cornelia Parker by Iwona Blazwick (Author), Yoko Ono (Author) – Publisher Thames and Hudson 2013.