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Isabelle Cornaro
This Morbid Roundtrip from Subject to Object
Jan 11 - Feb 22, 2014

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The work of Isabelle Cornaro concerns the experience of perception in a formal language that bridges photography, drawing, film and sculpture. Cornaro’s installations distill the monumental in the miniature and the painterly in the found. 

For LA><ART Cornaro will present three 16mm shorts. Each film presents accumulated domestic objects. These vivid images, while luminescent and animated by color, are always minimal nonetheless. The perpetual self-genesis of organic material contained in nature is a key metaphor for how Cornaro invents montage in a reflexive studio practice that occasionally imbricates sculptures and readymades as the subject matter for her films. As a counterpoint to the films, Cornaro will exhibit a plaster cast sculpture from her ongoing “Homonymes” series of slip cast sculptures. This new composition, made in LA for LA><ART, plays on how the Baroque sought organic principles in decorative motifs. Like the other “Homonymes,” the entombed fragments in the project room also call to mind how Surrealism made existential hay out of trifling démodé goods, each of which served as an analogy for life and death in a mad capitalistic society obsessed with moribund objects.

Through film, sculpture, drawing and painting, French artist Isabelle Cornaro re-evaluates objects by exploring the tensions between their aesthetic and cultural value and by questioning meaning through formal and conceptual modes of display. Her work has been shown in notable venues including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Le Magasin (Grenoble, France), Kunsthalle Bern (Switzerland), Redling Fine Art (Los Angeles), Public Fiction (Los Angeles), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Drawing Center (New York) and SculptureCenter (Long Island City, NY), among others. Her exhibition at LA><ART will be her first solo exhibition in the United States.

Isabelle Cornaro's exhibition is made possible with special support from The French Mission For Culture and Higher Education.

LA><ART’s programs are produced with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation; California Community Foundation; The City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs; Étant donnés, the French- American Fund for Contemporary Art; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Nathan Cummings Foundation, with the support and encouragement of Roberta Friedman Cummings, Dashiell Driscoll and Clea Shearer; The National Endowment for the Arts; The Pasadena Art Alliance; and The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation.

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