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Cornford & Cross

Cross, David and Cornford, Matthew (2009) Cornford & Cross. Black Dog. ISBN 9781906155698

Type of Research: Book
Creators: Cross, David and Cornford, Matthew

The book followed a touring solo exhibition by Cornford & Cross and featuring 33 projects since 1994.

Additional Information (Publicly available):

David Cross

Research Interests

Contemporary Fine Art, Photography, Site-specific installation, Sustainable development, Urban regeneration


David Cross began collaborating with Matthew Cornford while studying at St Martin's School of Art in 1987, and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1991. Cornford & Cross have produced installations for City Limits, Stoke on Trent; EAST International, Norwich; 'In the Midst of Things', Bournville; ISEA 98, Liverpool; Tra Monti, Rome and 'Values', Pancevo, Serbia.

Their work has been exhibited at Basekamp Gallery, Philadelphia, the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, Nikolai Fine Art, New York City, Nothern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, and in London at Camden Arts Centre, the ICA, Nylon Gallery, the Photographers' Gallery and the South London Gallery. One of their recent projects, 'Childhood's End' was produced by Film and Video Umbrella and purchased by the Contemporary Arts Society, and showcased in a solo at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art in Sunderland in 2005. Cornford & Cross are currently working on a retrospective book about their work since 1991, which will include new essays by John Roberts and Rachel Withers.

Artist Statement: Cornford & Cross

"The form of our projects may develop, but we keep intact their core propositions, which exist most clearly in language. If a proposal is approved, then the text serves as the basis of an agreement or contract of sorts. If a project remains unrealized, then the proposal stands. Throughout, the texts 'anchor' some of the possible meanings contained within a work, as well as 'relay' meanings from the surrounding context. This method of counter-pointing different aspects of a situation partly reflects our own differences in opinion.

As our early installations were grounded in one place, we thought they were 'site-specific'. But as each project developed through a series of encounters, actions and debates, we found ourselves responding not just to physical sites, but also to social situations and historical moments.

Because most of our works have been temporary, and made in specific locations, more people encounter them through reproduction than through first hand experience. Photography is central to our practice, we plan our projects in terms of their photographic possibilities, document the work in progress, and stage summarising shots of each completed work.
Although we wouldn't describe our photographs simply as 'documents', we do trade with the notion of an indexical relationship between the image and lived experience.

Our interventions often disrupt everyday life, so realising them calls for close interaction with the organisations and people who occupy places and influence events. We often need expert help and advice, and have worked with skilled people from disciplines including architecture, aviation, filmmaking, software engineering, and town planning. All our projects have encountered obstacles, which were only overcome with the flexibility shown by people prepared to take risks, go beyond conventional interpretations of their roles, and become active participants."

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: RPE
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Black Dog
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Date: April 2009
Related Websites: http://www.cornfordandcross.com
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Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2010 13:23
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 10:05
Item ID: 2354
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/2354

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