The artist Cornelia Parker has, over her career, crushed a collection of silver artefacts with a steamroller; had the British army blow up a garden shed; wrapped Rodin’s The Kiss in miles of string; and collected dust and fibres from Sigmund Freud’s couch. What, then, would she make of the 2017 general election, for which she was the official artist? She was tempted, she said in Westminster this week, to play on the idea of a hung parliament – perhaps some kind of perilously “teetering sculpture”. But in the end, she felt she could not do otherwise than represent the voices – often anxious, fearful, or angry – of the people she had encountered during her time observing the election campaign. “I was bombarded by so much emotion and visual information I had to have sound, and sensation,” she said. The works, which go on public display in Westminster Hall from Monday, consist of two films and a series of photographs. The shorter of the … [Read more...] about ‘An awful lot of distress’: Cornelia Parker’s election art
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There is something very British about getting the army to blow up a garden shed and then displaying the arrested, flying debris as a work of art, and as a model of the Big Bang at the beginning of the universe. Caught mid-flight, ruptured hot water bottles, gumboots, rakes, hoes, teapots, singed toys, hair-curlers, a mangled copy of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past and the splintered wreckage of the shed itself hang motionless in a simulated freeze-frame, Matrix-style, in mid-air. Lit by a single light bulb at the explosion’s heart, Cornelia Parker’s 1991 Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View cast mad expressionist shadows round London’s Chisenhale Gallery. It is an explosion that keeps on happening, and here it is again in one of the newly restored and extended spaces at the Whitworth, which reopens on Saturday. Parker is a good choice. Her work can be intimate as well as spectacular. Even her smallest works can be little mind bombs: a criminal’s sawn-off … [Read more...] about Mindbombs and meteor shows: Cornelia Parker at the Whitworth Art Gallery
What is it to be found? The idea presupposes that something has once been lost; if it’s an object, it can long outlive the loser and bring with it, in its re-emergence, the breath of a forgotten time. Late last century, in the drains of the Roman amphitheatre in London, bits of gold jewellery were found. Not much use to the woman who’d mislaid them in some second-century crush. Finding can be an act of love: the rescue of something or someone that has been otherwise overlooked. Or it can be an act of aggression. All archaeology involves an element of disturbance, of destruction. So does the “discovery” of continents and peoples. Some things do not want to be found. The loss of children is one of the largest of human tragedies, and their finding is one of the oldest and most persistent stories of folklore: Moses; Romulus and Remus. The story is always about how the child’s true identity, usually deliberately suppressed, reasserts itself. Oliver … [Read more...] about Found art: Cornelia Parker and Jarvis Cocker share their spoils
On a quiet London street just behind Marble Arch, a select group of women make their way to the door of Suzannah Crabb. For A-listers and senior royalty — including the Duchess of Cambridge — she is their secret weapon. Her pieces have vintage charm, with a modern edge. Like body armour, they make the wearer feel as comfortable as possible ‘but just push the edge a little bit’, she explains. Whether for the BAFTAs, Royal Ascot, a family wedding or a royal engagement, they can be sure they’ll look impeccable. The Duchess of Cambridge's secret fashion weapon is designer Suzannah Crabb, who has a small shop based in Marylebone Go for vintage-inspired elegance in a white dress by Suzannah Suzannah 'Flippy Wiggle' dress Available here... Visit site The Duchess of Cambridge has worn some of her very best looks when attending Wimbledon, and this white dress has got to be one of all-time favourites. Kate debuted a white midi length tea dress by … [Read more...] about The secret designer who makes Kate look great: Duchess donned her dresses for Wimbledon and Prince George’s first birthday portraits (And Pippa loves her, too!)
For would-be homebuyers, Lovedon Fields seemed to tick all the boxes. Located on the edge of the historic Hampshire village of Kings Worthy, the development of 50 houses was to combine cutting-edge architectural design with the latest in eco-friendly building techniques. And, the developers claimed, this wouldn't just be a bog standard, new-build estate but a vibrant community set in landscaped grounds. Homeowners were promised a running track, allotments and an orchard criss-crossed with footpaths. There would even be electric cars for the residents to share. Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud launched his own property venture in 2007 with his eco-homes business Happiness Architecture Beauty (HAB). But the company's Lovedon Fields development has been beset by problems To cap it all the project came with the ringing endorsement of Kevin McCloud, the face of Grand Designs, the Channel 4 show that for 20 years had charted the highs and lows of building your home. Not content … [Read more...] about Grand Designs guru who reduced investors’ dreams to RUBBLE: On TV, Kevin McCloud guides families’ home-build ambitions. So how did his own venture have such shaky foundations?