Thirty Pieces of Silver (Exposed)

A series of 21 polymer photogravure etchings on Fabriano Tiepolo Bianco 290 gsm paper
Paper and image 66.3 x 54.3 cm (some landscape / some portrait format)
Edition of 20

Courtesy Cornelia Parker and Alan Cristea

Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker (b. 1956, Cheshire, UK) studied BA (Hons) Wolverhampton Polytechnic (1978) and MFA Reading University (1982). Selected group exhibitions include: Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986, City Art Centre, Edinburgh (2016); Sublime, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Lorraine, France (2016); Periodic Tables, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK (2015). Selected solo exhibitions include: The Roof Garden Commission, Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2016); One More Time, Terrace Wires Commission, St Pancras International Station, London (2015) and The Whitworth, Manchester, UK (2015). Selected awards include: Elected to Royal Academy of Arts, London (2010); awarded OBE (2010) and nominated for the Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London (1992). She lives and works in London.

Cornelia Parker was invited by David Cleaton-Roberts

"Thirty Pieces of Silver is Cornelia Parker’s first major print portfolio and is the perfect example of an artist using printmaking in an innovative and original way to produce an important body of work. The set was made using a group of found glass photographic negatives of antique silverware. Exposed to the etching plate in their original glassine bags, the negatives appear as dimensional objects in their own right but trapped in a two-dimensional space. Parker has used found objects in her work since the 1980s, and silver has been a material she has been repeatedly drawn to. The series references an earlier work entitled, Thirty Pieces of Silver, (1988-89), which comprised over a thousand pieces of silver plate flattened by a steamroller and suspended on wires hovering above a gallery floor. This new set of prints is an important work within her oeuvre, with the source material, the subject matter and the technique all relating to other key areas of her practice."

David Cleaton-Roberts


You can see Cornelia Parker's work at Gallery North

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