The Slow Liquidity of Glass

Corin Sworn (1976 - )

C-type photograph on paper


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  • About the work
    Country: Singapore
    City: Singapore
    Place: British High Commission
    An assemblage of long stem wine glasses, carafes, and glassware capture colourful light reflections on a black background. This limited-edition photograph was produced by Corin Sworn to accompany her solo exhibition The Rag Papers at Chisenhale Gallery, London, in 2013. The Rag Papers introduced specially commissioned work exploring the nature of attention, reuse and appropriation; comprising a film and installation with synchronised lighting and sound. The film presented the perspectives of three characters who interact with a series of objects set within carefully designed domestic interiors. Objects play a central role in the film, almost as characters in their own right. The Slow Liquidity of Glass captures one of those moments in the movie sequence. Sworn lives and works in Glasgow and was awarded the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2014.
  • About the artist
    Born in London, Corin Sworn studied Psychology and Art History at the University of British Columbia; and Integrated Media at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver. She completed her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2009. She has held residencies at the Bauhaus in Dessau; and at the LUX in London. Solo exhibitions of Sworn's work include shows at the Tramway, Glasgow (2010); Tate Britain (2011); and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2011). In 2013, her commissioned work 'The Rag Papers' was shown at Chisenhale Gallery; and that year she co-represented Scotland at the Venice Biennial along with Hayley Tompkins and Duncan Campbell as part of Scotland + Venice 2013.
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    The Slow Liquidity of Glass
    Number 47 in an edition of 50 plus 5 artist's proofs
    C-type photograph on paper
    height: 33.5 cm; width: 50.9 cm
    Purchased from Chisenhale Gallery, January 2020
    Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, London UK; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 17 January 2020
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