London

London

Cornelia Parker

Serpentine Galleries
Kensington Gardens
May 12–June 14, 1998

Does it make any difference that the actual record in the photograph used to spin on Hitler’s turntable? How do the associations a given artifact carries change our perception of it? With her installations of objects that hover between the conspicuously vestigial and the anonymously exhausted—a lump of plastic not yet pressed into a record, cocaine incinerated to become worthless white powder—Cornelia Parker has long been interested in such questions. Since her previous Serpentine exhibition (a collaborative installation featuring actress Tilda Swinton asleep in a vitrine together with mundane possessions of the great and good), the artist has been short-listed for the Turner Prize, so those expecting big things from her new show, organized by curator Lisa Corrin, shouldn’t be disappointed.