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  • Cornelia Parker, Perpetual Canon, 2004. Installation photography at Turner Contemporary by Stephen White
  • Cornelia Parker, Perpetual Canon, 2004. Installation photography at Turner Contemporary by Stephen White
  • Cornelia Parker, Perpetual Canon, 2004. Installation photography at Turner Contemporary by Stephen White
  • Cornelia Parker, Perpetual Canon, 2004. Installation photography at Turner Contemporary by Stephen White
  • Cornelia Parker, Perpetual Canon, 2004. Installation photography at Turner Contemporary by Stephen White
Sat 15 Sep 2018 - Sun 7 Apr 2019

‘I resurrect things that have been killed off. My work is all about the potential of materials – even when it looks like they’ve lost all possibilities.’ Cornelia Parker

Perpetual Canon is an installation by Cornelia Parker RA. It is made up of sixty flattened instruments once belonging to a brass band. The artwork will be installed in Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery which overlooks the North Sea.

Cornelia Parker is known for her sculptures and installations that explore the potential of matter, often subjecting commonplace objects to processes such as crushing, wrapping, exploding or dropping. Here, a collection of compressed trumpets, cornets, tubas and other instruments are silenced. In Parker’s words: ‘the band may be winded, but they’re not down and out: they’re still marching.’

A canon is a piece of music where a melody is played and imitated after a short delay. Perpetual Canon was originally created for an exhibition in the North East of England, a region associated with industries such as coal mining and its tradition of brass bands, described by Parker as ‘an anthem that is slowly winding down’. 

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Cornelia Parker has collaborated with numerous institutions such as HM Customs & Excise, Royal Armouries, Madame Tussauds and Victoria & Albert Museum, London. She was the official Election Artist in 2017 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997. She was elected a Royal Academician in 2009.

This project forms part of RA250 UK: Exhibitions and events around the UK to celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts

 

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Cornelia Parker, Perpetual Canon, 2004. Installation photography at Turner Contemporary by Stephen White

 

Cornelia Parker, 'STOP', 2015

You can purchase this artwork (below) by Cornelia Parker in our shop.

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“This sign is based on a photograph I took of a battered parking notice on a 60’s council estate in N1. The signs are ubiquitous in London, displayed on all the estates of the period. Isolated from its context the instruction can refer to anything you want it to. Stop eating, Stop drinking, Stop smoking, Stop thinking, Stop worrying, Stop" - Cornelia Parker, 2015 

"The fact it is made in enamel means it has a certain authority commanding you to submit, (or to ignore if that is what you usually do to signs!) The black enamel encroaches on the white word, semi-submerged it suggests the viewer is perhaps leaving it a little too long to respond" - Cornelia Parker, 2015

Cornelia Parker, 'STOP', 2015

Embossed enamel sign with hand-painted white lettering

Signed, limited edition of 20. Plinth Ikon 50 Edition.

487 x 248 x 8mm

0.9kg

£1000

Contact our shop to purchase this artwork. Email shop@turnercontemporary.org, call 01843 233 000 or come to the gallery and speak to one of our members of staff.
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