Cornelia Parker: the art of printing with light and glass

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The 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 which make up the Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition, One Day This Glass Will Break.

The series sees 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, recorded for the Southbank Centre in 2017, 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


For me, it's always about truth to materials. I’m not trying to depict something, or represent something; I want it just to be itself
Cornelia Parker

Twenty large-scale photogravures from three series of Cornelia Parker's experiments in photography and printmaking – Thirty Pieces of Silver (Exposed) (2015), One Day This Glass Will Break (2015) and Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass (2017) – make up the Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition of her work.

The exhibition is scheduled to travel to Jersey Arts Centre in St Helier in September 2020.

more about the exhibition

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