Claire Corey is an abstract
painter working within the classical tradition of high modernism.
Surprisingly, her materials are the tools of digital media. Corey
makes digital paintings that tread the line between craft and
machine, between hand and automation. She uses technology to explore
the visual and philosophical challenges of abstraction in dynamic
conversation rather than curtailing that dialog within the endgame
of the machine. Corey does not dwell on endless geometric pattern
as commentary on the painting's mechanized source. Her subject
is not appropriated imagery, since Corey's sources derive from
the computer. Drawing upon the computer's error patterns, she
builds shifting patterns in vertiginous relationships that constantly
interrupt a viewer's logical expectations. Neither programmatic
nor exact, Corey's work celebrates unpredictability. It is this
idea that has helped the work evolve its singular voice in both
the current painting and digital art scenes.
Corey, who studied art in her native California, began painting
in the computer as early as 1995, after moving to New York. Following
her participation in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space
Program, Corey was awarded the 2001 Trustee's Award for an Emerging
Artist by The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield,
Connecticut. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.
This is Corey's first exhibition in the Southeast.