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posted 03/12/2019

Cornelia Parker at the MCA

British artist Cornelia Parker Featured in the Exciting Annual Sydney International Art Series at the Museum of  Contemporary Art.

One of the most important, influential women artists working today, Cornelia Parker is known for her transformation of everyday objects into unexpected, haunting scenarios. In the artist’s hands domestic and familiar items are exploded, shot, turned back to front, and rearranged in often surprising ways. Working with sculpture and installation, as well as drawing, photography and film, Parker positions her subjects at the very moment of their transformation, suspended in time and completely still.

Cornelia Parker is the first major survey exhibition of the artist’s work in the Southern Hemisphere. This Sydney-exclusive exhibition will feature over 40 artworks from across the artist’s career, including large-scale installations, embroideries, works on paper, video works, and a selection of small-scale sculptures and objects.

“I like the idea of plucking something out of its downward spiral and arresting its importance.” – Cornelia Parker

Photo taken by Anna Kučera.

Cornelia was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010. She was elected the Apollo Awards Artist of the Year in 2016, and the following year, awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.

Included in her the exhibition at the MCA is Magna Carta (An Embroidery) (2015), a 12-metre long embroidery hand-stitched by over 200 individuals that recreates the Magna Carta Wikipedia entry and a series of small embroideries of oppositional dictionary definitions, such as ‘inside’ and ‘outside’, made by prisoners in HM Prisons. Alongside these major pieces, will be a selection of works Cornelia created during her appointment as the 2017 Election Artist for the UK General Election, as well as her Avoided Object series of smaller-scale works, in which the artist has transformed everyday objects through processes of burning, squashing and flattening.

“One of the most adventurous and innovative artists working today”– Louisa Buck, The Telegraph (UK), 2016

A 66-minute documentary film on the artist will be screened daily, as part of the exhibition entry, at the following times: 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm

Who: Cornelia Parker

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 

When: 8 November 2019 – 16 February 2020

To Find Out More and to Book Online Click Here