Maria Park and Fahrenheit 451

Maria Park's exhibition Compositions at Margaret Thatcher Projects tethers the viewer between experience and expectation. The work is inspired by the Francois Truffaut's 1966 film based on Ray Bradbuy's novel Fahrenheit 451 and the effect of mass culture on literature. 

Here's the galleries description of the work below
For Park’s Bookend Sets, scenes from the film – of a domestic table setting, or the flames of books burning - are painted on the face and adjacent sides of 7” Plexiglas cubes and juxtaposed with curated books on wall-mounted shelves. The scenes are selected for the sensation of self-awareness in the film while positing ambiguity over whether the books in each arrangement are chosen for its cover or content.


Maria Park, Bookend Set 7, 2014, Acrylic on plexiglas cube and 2 books on shelf , Books: Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine, A & C Black (1997) ; Charlotte Bronte, Vilette, JM Dent (1978)


Maria Park, Bookcase 6, 2014, Acrylic on Plexiglas on wall mounted shelving, 7 x 14 inches 


Maria Park, Bookend Set 5, 2014, Acrylic on plexiglas cube and 3 books on shelf, Books: Ted Hughes, Gaudette, Faber and Faber (1977) ; John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Signet (1969); Mary Cooke, To Raise a Nation, Hawaiian Mission (1978)




Maria Park, Bookend Set 8, 2014, Acrylic on plexiglas cube and 4 books on shelf, Books: Saviana Stanescu, Aliens With Extraordinary Skills, Samuel French (2009) ; Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros, Royal Court (1960); Theatre Workshop, Oh What a Lovely War, Methuen (1989) ; Samuel Beckett,, Happy Days, Faber (1970)

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