Current Exhibits

CORNELIA PARKER

Cornelia Parker is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists. Best known for large-scale installation and sculpture, her diverse practice also includes drawing, photography, film and printmaking.

'One Day This Glass Will Break', is an exhibition of twenty large-scale photogravures from three experimental series: Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass (2017); One Day This Glass Will Break (2015) and Thirty Pieces of Silver (exposed) (2015). Investigating the possibilities of photogravure, the three series, which are brought together for the first time in this exhibition, explore the artist’s fascination with the physical properties of objects, materials and their histories.

Photogravure is a printmaking process developed in the 1850s that produces etchings with the tone and detail of a photograph through the exposure of a photographic positive film onto a copper plate.  The works in the three series capture the shadows of translucent objects - each one a spectral still life of found objects including early glassware, a shattered lightbulb and melting ice cubes.

Cornelia Parker, Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass
(tagged glasses)
Cornelia Parker, Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass 
(bottoms up) , from: Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass, 
Photo: FXP Photography, London, 2015    

A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London

  

SHIFTING STATES 

Shifting States is an exhibition of work made in response to ‘One Day This Glass Will Break’ by Cornelia Parker, a Hayward Touring Exhibition shown at the Dick Institute in Spring 2024.  Shifting States is the culmination of work from East Ayrshire school pupils, members of ‘Artclub?’ and young visitors to the exhibition, pulling together works that explore tone, contrast, liminal space and transition through play with light and shadow.

Through a programme of exhibition visits and workshops pupils from Doon Academy, Kilmarnock Academy, Park School, Robert Burns Academy, Stewarton Academy and ‘ArtClub?’ were asked to engage with concepts surrounding Cornelia Parker’s work and make responses that sit within a context of the histories and methodologies of photography. Utilising found objects, cyanotype printing, experiments with pinhole cameras and expanded drawing practices brought about conversations around positive and negative space and new processes developed.

The final component of Shifting States comes from the Cornelia Parker Light Studio where visitors to the exhibition are invited to engage with shadow play, collage, and photography. This time, utilising the technology we all have at our fingertips, our mobile phone cameras!  The variation of exciting experimental results are proof that art can happen anywhere, anytime, the only limit is our imagination.

Supported by Creative Scotland Cultural Recovery Fund.