Join Dr Thomas Marks OP, editor of Apollo art magazine, in conversation with Cornelia Parker OBE, RA to hear about what it means – and what it takes – for an artist to challenge how we perceive the world around us, finding strangeness, uncertainty and even beauty in things that are familiar or forgotten. Cornelia Parker is one of the most original artists working in the UK today. She is internationally renowned for her sculptures and installations that transform everyday objects – often through unusual or unpredictable processes, such as blowing up a shed or steamrolling silverware – or make us look again at places we might otherwise take for granted.
Cornelia Parker’s work has been shown across the world, including in recent years at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and, for its Roof Garden Commission, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of Art in New York. In 2016 she curated ‘Found’, an exhibition of found objects held at the Foundling Museum in London. In 2017 she was selected as the official artist of that year’s general election campaign, creating video works that were exhibited at the Palace of Westminster the following year.
Parker was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997; in 2009 she became a Royal Academician and was awarded an OBE. Her work is held in leading public collections around the world, among them Tate, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; MoMA, New York; and the Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut. Breathless, which consists of 54 flattened brass band instruments, was permanently installed in the British Galleries at the V&A in 2001.
Thomas Marks was educated at Colet Court and St Paul’s School [1991-2001], Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Magdalen College, Oxford, from where he holds a DPhil on Victorian poetry and architecture. He is a trustee of Art UK (artuk.org), the cultural education charity that exists to open up the UK’s public art collections to global audiences through digitisation and storytelling.
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Cold Dark Matter © Cornelia Parker, Photographed by David Levene courtesy of The Whitworth Museum and Apollo Magazine