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Open Arts Object: Cornelia Parker, Cold Dark Matter, An Exploded View, 1991

Professor Gill Perry explores an installation by the British artist Cornelia Parker, Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991, which involved blowing up a garden shed and suspending its charred and broken fragments from the ceiling of an art gallery. Parker supervised the explosion that was managed by the British army, and then suspended the charred and broken fragments of the shed and its contents from the ceiling of the Chisenhale Gallery in East London. Suspended around a 200-watt light bulb, this installation revealed Parker’s on-going interest in the transformation and metamorphosis of artistic materials.

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Author: 
Gill Perry