Cornelia Parker: the art of printing with light and glass

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Acclaimed british sculptor and installation artist Cornelia Parker has long been fascinated with the physical properties of objects and materials. This can be seen in her recent series of works in which the artist transforms the three dimensional into the two dimensional by placing ordinary objects directly onto photographic plates and exposing them to ultraviolet light.

In this interview for Hayward Gallery Touring the artist discusses how this approach was initially inspired by the work of the pioneering Victorian photographer Henry Fox Talbot, and explains the process that lies behind these fascinating photogravures.

Cornelia Parker: One Day This Glass Will Break | Hayward Touring Exhibition


These latest experiments in photography and printmaking from Cornelia Parker are presented in a current Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition of twenty large-scale photogravures from three series: Thirty Pieces of Silver (Exposed) (2015), One Day This Glass Will Break (2015) and Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass (2017).

I’m not trying to depict something, or represent something, I want it just to be itself
Cornelia Parker

The exhibition Cornelia Parker: One Day This Glass Will Break will be on display at galleries around the UK during 2018 and 2019, and beyond.

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
16 December – 28 January 2018

Brentwood Road Gallery, Romford
3 February – 11 March 2018

mac, Birmingham
7 July – 2 September 2018

East Gallery, Norwich
10 September – 13 October 2018

Gerald Moore Gallery, Eltham
12 January – 17 February 2019

Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham
29 June – 4 August 2019

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