Cornelia Parker Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991)
"Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991) is composed of the ragged fragments of a garden shed, which was blown up by the British Army for the artist Cornelia Parker. It was a carefully orchestrated event that took place in the grounds of the School of Ammunition near Banbury."
'The garden shed is a sort of halfway house, an overspill for things which, for whatever reason, aren't as wanted or needed as they once were. It is like the attic or the space underneath a staircase. A terribly British institution, the shed functions as a place of refuge, a safe place, a place for secrets and fantasy. By blowing up the shed Parker is taking away such a place, throwing doubt on all it represents. Its contents are revealed, damaged in the process and yet somehow more eloquent. We get an 'exploded view' which creates a vast new space for our own mental activity. We are being asked to confront some cold dark matter, which equally could be a factor in a universal equation, or some unnerving psychological state.'
Mer om verket og Cornelia Parker på Tate Britain sine hjemmesider