Cornelia Parker

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Cornelia Parker
Photograph Hugo Glendinning
Cornelia Parker, Cold Dark Matter, An Exploded View, 1991

A major solo show from one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists

For the re-opening of the Whitworth Art Gallery, Cornelia Parker presents a solo show of work old and new.

Her amazing skill is to offer the everyday in a new light, transforming what we see around us into something which demands that you stop and take notice. Never has this been better shown than in her signature piece, included here, 'Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View' (1991) which takes a shed plus contents, blown apart, delicately reconstructed at the point of impact, a single light bulb in the centre casting a myriad of shadows as plans of splintered wood and sundry objects hang still in the air. It's quite simply stunning.

But that's not all, for Parker has created new work for the show, including her 'meteor shower' pice, 'Blakeian Abstract' for the opening night, a collaboration with the University of Manchester scientist, Kostya Novoselov, who, with Andre Geim, was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on graphene.

A wonderful start to the new Whitworth programme.

By: Rob Martin

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