From exploding sheds to reinventing Copenhagen's famous Little Mermaid statue, the playful Turner Prize nominee Cornelia Parker is one of the most thrilling British artists around. Early in the year it was Parker that christened the brand new Whitworth Gallery in Manchester (also crowned the Museum of the Year 2015) and her new public installation One More Time now greets passengers to St Pancras International station.
Alan Cristea Gallery London exhibition
For her first solo show at the Mayfair gallery Alan Cristea, Parker presents three new series of works, beginning with a group of photogravure images inspired by photography pioneer Henry Fox Talbot. Placing found objects onto a plate she used ultra violet light exposure to capture surreal still lives of spilling ice cubes, Halloween banners and other banal items.
The second series moves to found photographic negatives of silverware which first appeared in a 1960's Spink auction catalogue. Silver has always been a fascination for Parker, with candelabras, coffee jugs and adornments from the dining table often cropping up in her work. In 1989 she even flattened a thousand pieces of silver with a steamroller before hanging the fragments from the gallery ceiling.
Finally, take a moment to see Parker's Jackson Pollock moment with prints peppered with drips and splatters made by spitting a sugar solution onto an etching plate.
Whether she is wrapping a Rodin sculpture in string or asking actress Tilda Swinton to lie in state at the Serpentine Gallery, Parker delights at every turn, making this one of our favourite exhibitions during Frieze to see.
|What||Cornelia Parker, Alan Cristea Gallery|
|Where||Alan Cristea Gallery, 43 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Green Park (underground)|
12 Oct 15 – 14 Nov 15, Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30 pm Saturday 11am - 2pm (except August)
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