Thursday, 11 February 2010

Life, death and resurrection at Cornelia Parker’s retrospective

In case you’d forgotten we are in a constant state of flux, and Cornelia Parker’s current show, Never Endings at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, is about to remind us of this. Taking over two gallery floors and spanning 10 years, her abstract visions of the tempestuous characteristics of nature and the shadow left by people are pushed to their limit in her sculptures, installations, photographs and, most recently, films. 

Science, politics and religion are all big subjects explored by artists throughout history, but it’s the manipulation, deconstruction and re-reading of these that’s at the core of Parker’s practice. Found and created objects are conditioned into a state of metamorphosis. In works such as Heart Of Darkness, Stolen Thunder and Bullet Drawings, we never witness the act of transformation, only the ensuing state - damaged, removed and/or remoulded - hinting at a previous existence. The histories of these collective works are restructured, suddenly turning wood, dirt and metal into artefacts fit for a gallery, to be reconsidered and thus re-categorized....

READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW & WATCH THE INTERVIEW AT BBC COLLECTIVE PUBLISHED 4 OCTOBER 2007