July 17, 2020 - Aug. 22, 2020
Corbett vs. Dempsey is thrilled to announce Cosmic Meteorites & Other Burners, a group show and CvsD's first in-real-space exhibition since March.
In a thurible, an incense is lit and burned, transforming solid into gas. An act of everyday magic, it's what in physics they call a phase transition: the change of matter from one state into another. The very moment that ice thaws. That water evaporates. That fire consumes wood. Change is inherently fraught; transition is both traumatic and refreshing, a shedding of skin leading to a new manifestation filled with potential and optimism. Inspired by Cauleen Smith's ceramic "burners," which she made to send plumes of colored smoke up during her processions, and by Josiah McElheny's "Blue Cosmic Meteorite Viewer #1," a sculpture that presents a flame-kissed glass object from another omniverse, this exhibition gathers together work that represents the utopian potential of transitions. From the ultra-subtle color gradients in paintings by Miyoko Ito and Philip Hanson to the fiery beast in Dominick Di Meo's "Head," from the image of an animal skull returning to the dirt in David Hartt's photography to Christina Forrer's anatomically ambiguous tapestry "His Arm Became Her Leg," this show embraces the shifts and shakes, the tumultuous process of transforming, that creates an opening to cross through our contemporary transfigured night. The exhibition includes a floor sculpture by Carol Jackson, paintings by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and Magalie Guérin, a large-scale drawing by Lui Shtini, John Sparagana's hand-distressed magazine pages collectively titled "The Berlin Suite," and a luminous work back-painted on Plexi with ink transfer by Richard Wetzel. The exhibition may be viewed in person by appointment, Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 4pm. Please call 773-278-1664 to schedule a visit.