Cornelia Parker’s "Mass (Colder Darker Matter)" was featured in the 1997 Turner Prize exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London. This haunting installation is constructed from the charred remains of a Texas church that was struck by lighting. The Turner Prize brochure described the work as “chunks and splinters of charcoal suspended from the ceiling to form the illusion of a cube, dense at the centre, thinning at the edges. It appears at once flat and three-dimensional, but never solid, almost disintegrating before our eyes.”
Parker had recently arrived in Texas for a spring 1997 residency at ArtPace in San Antonio when she heard about an electrical storm that had destroyed a wooden church. “I went down and asked the Baptist minister if I could have the charcoal to make a charcoal drawing—which is what I consider this to be,” she explained. “I like the way that all the emotion of religion and the drama of lightning can be distilled into a very simple quiet piece where all I’m doing is presenting the charcoal.”
Critic Louisa Buck has written that the objects used in Parker’s work have usually had strange experiences on the way to becoming art: “Cornelia Parker’s art is devoted to digging beneath the surface to make the ordinary extraordinary or vice versa.” Parker says that she “resurrects 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.”
The exhibition was awarded the International Association of Art Critics Prize (US) for Best Show by an Emerging Artist in 1998.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
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The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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