One Day this Glass will Break: Prints by Cornelia Parker
Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery Touring presents One Day This Glass Will Break, an exhibition of twenty large-scale photogravures by Cornelia Parker 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). Opening at londonprintstudio then touring around the UK, these three series, which are brought together for the first time in the exhibition, explore the artist’s fascination with the physical properties of objects, materials and their histories.
The exhibition includes eight works from the series One Day This Glass Will Break (2015) which arose from Parker’s investigations into photogravure, a photomechanical process which produces an image through the exposure of a photographic positive onto a copper printing plate. Inspired by the 19th century photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, Parker combined two of his early techniques, solar prints and photogravure, creating a new hybrid form of print by exposing three dimensional objects to ultraviolet light. In these works, she uses found objects such as a tower of crystal glasses, a shattered light bulb and melting ice cubes, with the resulting prints capturing their shadows in a spectral still life.
Print studio co ordinator Darren van der Merwe will by giving a talk on the photogravure process as part of this exhibition, on Wednesday 22nd November.
Opening party: Thursday 9th November 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Exhibition runs: Friday 10th November – Saturday 9th December 2017
Image: Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass (bottoms up), 2016
Courtesy and copyright the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery