46
JUMP TO LOT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

|
London

Cornelia Parker, R.A.
B.1956
PORNOGRAPHIC DRAWING
ink made from dissolving video tape (confiscated by HM customs and Excise) in solvent on paper
56.5 by 56cm.; 22¼ by 22in.
Executed in 2005.
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Provenance

Frith Street Gallery, London, where acquired by the present owner in January 2007

Catalogue Note

'I resurrect things that have been killed off... My work is all about the potential of materials - even when it looks like they've lost all possibilities...'
Cornelia Parker, in conversation with Deitch Projects, New York, March 1998.

Parker has become well known for her dynamic use of obsolete materials and in particular, for large-scale works such as Cold Dark Matter. An Exploded View (1991, Tate Collection, London) where she enlisted the help of the British Army to explode her own garden shed and then re-installed the fragments in a gallery space. As such, her intriguing processes have led to collaborations with unusual partners and the present work is no exception. Pornographic Drawing is from a series of Rorschach-like ink blots executed using ink made from dissolved pornographic video tapes, originally confiscated by H.M. Customs and Excise. Given the original function of the tapes, it is somewhat ironic that the resultant images have such a delicate and translucent quality although the shadowy abstract forms are suggestive of human body parts imbuing the works with an underlying sexual tension.

 

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

|
London