Josiah McElheny: Cosmic Love

June 1, 2018 - Aug. 4, 2018

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Josiah McElheny


Cosmic Galaxy Painting 5194
2018
oil paint on board, inset hand-formed micromosaic glass, black mirror
17 x 17 inches

Josiah McElheny

Cosmic Sun Painting I
2018
oil on board with inset, hand-pressed and polished prismatic glass, low-iron mirror
23 x 21 inches

Josiah McElheny

Cosmic Sun Painting II
2018
oil on board with inset, hand-pressed and polished prismatic glass, low-iron mirror
23 x 23 inches

Josiah McElheny

Cosmic Sun Painting III
2018
oil on board with inset, hand-pressed and polished prismatic glass, low-iron mirror
23 x 23 inches

Josiah McElheny

Cosmic Sun Painting IV
2018
oil on board with inset, hand-pressed and polished prismatic glass, low-iron mirror
30 x 39 inches

Josiah McElheny

Blue Cosmic Meteorite Viewer I
2018hand-formed and polished blue meteorite, low-iron mirror, blue architectural mirror, blue architectural sheet glass, Douglas fir

Josiah McElheny

Cosmic Elixir: Joe McPhee's 'Cosmic Love' Distilled May 27, 2018, Bottle 70
2018handblown glass bottle, cork, wax, distilled music elixir edition number embossed permanently into glass exterior 70 from numbered series of 99, unlimited number of "prescribed" lettered APs

Josiah McElheny

Blue Cosmic Trumpet
2018handblown and formed blue glass, gold-plated brass hardware, oiled walnutEdition 1 of 2 and 2 APs

Josiah McElheny

Cosmic Galaxy Painting 628
2018oil on board with inset, hand-formed and polished "micromosaic" glass, black mirror16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

Josiah McElheny

Cosmic Galaxy Painting 1512
2018oil on board with inset, hand-formed and polished "micromosaic" glass, black mirror17 x 17 inches

Josiah McElheny

Cosmic Galaxy Painting 5194
2018oil on board with inset, hand-formed and polished "micromosaic" glass, black mirror17 x 17 inches

Josiah McElheny

The Album: Cosmic Elixir - Distillations in Sound
2018blue silk screen ink on paper "tipped on" handmade, archival blank vinyl record coveredition 1 of 99

Josiah McElheny

The World's First Solid Blue Record: Joe McPhee's 'Cosmic Love'
2018press-cast and polished blue glass, engraved brass, architectural blue mirror, museum glass, walnut frameEdition of 2 and 2 APs


Press Release

Opening reception: Friday, June 1, 6 – 8pm

It is with absolute pleasure that Corbett vs. Dempsey announces Cosmic Love , an exhibition of new work by Josiah McElheny.  This is the artist’s second show at CvsD.

What is a cosmos?
A world in which things relate to one another however simply or through whatever complexity.  An anchoring system of thought.  A Weltanschauung or guiding philosophy.  A cluster of particles circulating around a point, like planets circumnavigating the sun or water heading down a drain.  A cosmos is a universe.  Or better, in Sun Ra’s formulation, a cosmos is an omniverse.  Not singular, but all-inclusive.

What is Cosmic Love?
A world in which all things relate through mutual respect and transparency.  An anchoring system of rigorous inquiry.  A guiding philosophy of inclusiveness and curiosity.  A cluster of friendly disagreements leading to a betterment through dispute and debate.  An omniverse of funk on the wheel and grit on the stone.

What is “Cosmic Love”?
A recording made by Joe McPhee in 1970, with McPhee playing both the tenor saxophone and the Space Organ.  Music released for the first time on Sound on Sound , a CD issued by CvsD in 2010, then issued as a stand-alone seven-inch single.

What is Cosmic Love ?
An exhibition of new works by Josiah McElheny, a diverse array of pieces that include brilliant and joyous Cosmic Sun Paintings, inspired by Sonia Delaunay; Cosmic Galaxy Paintings, black and blue with impossible inset galactic glass; the Cosmic Blue Trumpet, designed to be played by Joe McPhee; a Cosmic Love Blue Record, which can only been seen, not described; and bottles of the Cosmic Elixir, a handblown blue glass bottle filled with music that has been distilled into liquid form, a magical and elusive potion known to free one from many afflictions and to set the particles of the brain into ultra-high-speed motion.

McElheny has been working on this exhibition in his secret laboratory in Brooklyn for the last year.  He will come out of hiding for a special appearance at the opening, which will be festive and may contain unannounced surprises.  To see what he has been concocting, and perhaps to taste a small preview of McElheny, Corbett, and Dempsey’s upcoming installation at the Carnegie International in October, don’t miss this mysterious view of our new cosmos of love – the omniversal amorous.