Cornelia Parker: Perpetual Canon

Turner Contemporary

11 September 2018 – 17 March 2019

Cornelia Parker's installation was originally created for an exhibition in the North East of England, a region with a rich tradition of brass bands.

Cornelia Parker, Perpetual Canon, 2004

Perpetual Canon is made up of 60 flattened instruments once belonging to a brass band. The work is installed in Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery which overlooks the North Sea.

Parker is known for her sculptures and installations that explore the potential of matter, often subjecting commonplace objects to processes such as crushing, wrapping, exploding or dropping.

Here, a collection of compressed trumpets, cornets, tubas and other instruments are silenced. In Parker’s words: ‘the band may be winded, but they’re not down and out: they’re still marching.’ A canon is a piece of music where a melody is played and imitated after a short delay.

This exhibition is part of RA250, supported by Art Fund.

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