corey mccorkle

30 May 2002 - 29 June 2002
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by New York-based artist Corey McCorkle.

McCorkle makes meticulously crafted objects and formless interventions that blend the grammar of Minimalism and the Baroque. Cosmically inclined, much of his work comfortably holds its place within the fields of interior, urban and orthopedic design.

In the front gallery, McCorkle will install a full-scale model of an architectural canopy, initially designed as a reverberation chamber in one of the many pavilions in Auroville, India. Designed in the 1960s by French architect Roger Anger, an associate of Le Corbusier at Chandigrah, Auroville exists as a "garden city" on modern colonialism's receding edge. The city is based on the non-denominational meditative principle of ‘Divine Anarchy', and is laid out in form of a spiral culminating in a gold-plated dome at the centre. A shelter for contemplative space, the dome is bathed in bright light. Reflecting this ambient environment, and also in the front gallery, a gold window treatment will envelop randomly projected images of Auroville taken during a recent residency. This work, as an ongoing project, aims to incite a meditation upon a city of meditation.

The back gallery will contain various objects conceptually devoted to healing and the promotion of spiritual solace. Three chairs are designed to hold the user in correct lotus position. In the same space, McCorkle will make a wall drawing based on the wing-shaped stained glass doors found at Findhorn, a garden community in Northern Scotland which originated in the 1960s. Working on the principle of communal reciprocity with plants, talking to them quite literally, Findhorn mixes deep ecology with extra-sensory perception.

This is Corey McCorkle's first solo exhibition in Britain. In 2001, his work was included in Detourism at The Renaissance Society in Chicago and Presentness is Grace at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol. His work has also been shown at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow, South London Gallery, The Drawing Center in New York and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.