https://www.mca.com.au/artists-works/exhibitions/cornelia-parker/ Viewed 23 August 2020
Cornelia Parker, Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991. Installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2019. Blown up garden shed and contents, wire, light bulb. Tate: Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1995. Image courtesy the artist, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Frith Street Gallery, London. Photograph: Anna Kučera
Sadly I went into the Museum of Contemporary art last December when I was in Sydney but I was too stingy to pay to get in to this exhibition. If I had known what I would find I think I might have forked out the money.
Cornelia Parker works in sculptural works that sometimes have an element of destruction. In this work apparently the shadows were a happy accident when the work was assembled but obviously form an intrinsic part of the work.
The everyday objects that may be found in a shed are suspended forever in time at the moment of explosion. To me it has the sense of the last moments of something being contained and together. And the shadows on the wall reflect the future as the individual parts move further away.
I’m interested in the potential of suspended sculpture and the shadows it could cast for use in my solarfast and cyanotype work. Images could be manipulated based on the direction of the light source. I think I’ll make a small sculpture for my suspended sculpture so I can use it suspended below my UV lamps and make a print as well.
I was always thinking of sculpture as a way to make imagery on fabric.