By Elizabeth Corkery
chashama 303 Gallery
303 10th Avenue
(between 27th & 28th)
New York, NY
October 23 - 27, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 6 - 8
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm
Drawn from the French word possessing the multiple meanings of art gallery, shopping mall or amusement arcade Galerie is a new storefront installation from artist Elizabeth Corkery.
Engaging initially with just a photograph, Corkery's work begins with the two dimensional description of a location she has never visited. Approaching the site with an absence of physical experience she embarks on a process of construction; through the meditation of printed reproduction she returns the images to spatial context, as site-specific installations.
Five pieces are presented in Corkery's Galerie, each consisting of multiple, modular hand-printed panels that all respond to the store front context of 303 10th Avenue. The vernacular of the retail store is exercised throughout the exhibition: the classic table, the adjustable wall shelving and the use of window display as visual hook.
The specific display of work aso investigates the role of print, mechanical reproduction and the manufacturing process through the works presentation as potential construction materials creating a fictitious "use value" for the otherwise purely decorative. All pieces exist as pictorial representation where the mechanics of that representation is laid bare; the reflective adhesive vinyl as mirror, the 'blown up' photographs of stairs as stairs themselves, glitter as proxy for the truly gilded, the shelving and hanging mechanisms are all self-consciously revealed.
Elizabeth Corkery has an ongoing fascination with the concept of simulation and the multiple with specific regard to their relationship with printmaking. Her practice centers on the growing intersection of fine art and design with her large scale installation pieces initiating a slippage between the conventionally two-dimensional nature of print media and a more volumetric architectural space.