Week 8 :: Simon Starling, Cornilea Parker and Steve Mcpherson

This week I want to carry on my research by looking at the deconstruction of objects and how they can be manipulated into carrying a different meaning.

Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View 1991 Cornelia Parker born 1956 Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1995 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T06949

Cornelia Parker the artist behind ‘Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View’ who created an immersive installation in the Tate using an exploded shed destroyed by the British army at her request. With previous work around the subject of controlled explosions, Parker wanted to create a more dramatic piece that worked to explore the imagery that society today is being bombarded with in terms of war and destruction. The shed was created by a separate company which was then filled with random collected objects collected over a three month period that were other donated by relatives or belonged to Parker herself.

Simon Starling, turner prize winner created an installation titled ‘Shed boat shed’. Shed boat shed was a symbolism of architectural mobility, using a found, abandoned shed which was deconstructed and made into temporary boat in which it was then transported 8km down river to Basel whilst carrying the excess materials of the boat. The boat was then dismantled again and remade into the original shed within the Museum für Gegenwartskunst to create a harrowing and structurally engaging art form.

Steve McPherson is a British artist who works primarily with found objects to create concepts and express societal concerns that are relevant in recent times. He has used various materials, including vast amounts of small plastic pieces as a direct material for various art pieces. Although colour blind, McPherson is tending to colour co-ordinate these materials to make complex patterns and visual textures. His series lost property is of forgotten items that were handed in to the south eastern railway from 2013. This series contains a variety of items from keys to cool bricks as well as more sentimental items like children toys and footballs. I chose to look at McPhersons work as like the other artists I have looks at that focused on objects.

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