Fine-art photographer Michael Corridore is
exhibiting a series of images which use digital media, collage and still lifes
at the Edmund Pearce Gallery in Melbourne.
Fine-art photographer Michael Corridore is exhibiting
'Tangents', a new collection of images using collage techniques and still-lifes
at the Edmund Pearce Gallery in Melbourne's
CBD, from September 11 to October 5. Jason McQuoid, Co-Director of the Edmund
Pearce Gallery, says, "Although a departure from Corridore's ‘Angry Black
Snake’ series and ongoing landscape work he has previously done, 'Tangents'
reflects his artistic practice and an ability to experiment confidently with
different techniques and styles."
Corridore explains, "Because I work
every day as a photographer, collage and still life helps me to look at things
differently, while exploring digital media as photography changes. In this
series of collages I've returned to an idea I started in 2000. The original
series resulted in about a dozen or so photographs. My first attempts at
collage were through printing negatives onto black and white lithographic film
and layering multiple sheets of those films onto a light box, then
photographing the assembled sheets as collages.
"From there I decided to
experiment with digital capture of the original components and assemble the
layers in Photoshop so I could preserve colour, which was lost in the
lithographic printing process. This was my first foray into working with
digital capture technology. In the past year I began to explore this collage
process again, photographing various forms working with life models, mannequins
and various household objects which offered me the chance to explore both
malleable and solid forms and shapes which could be layered together in the
assembled collages. This exploration in collage stems from my interest in the
Cubists approach to re-interpreting what we see from differing perspectives."
Corridore says his primary interest in his fine-art and
commercial photography has been in inventing new narratives. He aims to
draw observers into his so-called ‘fictional realities’. In this new series
Corridore uses references to Cubism and art history, redefining his ideas in a
modern photographic context.
This project started in 2000 and now Corridore is
using digital capture technology. He says vibrant and subtle colour can now be
fully preserved in the collage process. Corridore’s work is held in several
permanent collections including The Art Gallery of New South Wales; Gold Coast Art Gallery;
Ipswich Art Gallery
and the Haggerty Museum of Art in the US. He has been selected as a finalist in
national and international art prizes and has exhibited extensively both in Australia and
overseas. Born in Melbourne, Michael Corridore
now lives in Sydney, spending time between New York and Australia on assignments.
Edmund Pearce Gallery is on Level 2, the Nicholas
Building, 37 Swanston Street (cnr Flinders Lane), Melbourne. It's open
Wed-Sat 11am to 5pm. See www.edmundpearce.com.au