Sharon Core, Ted Kincaid, and Rachel Perry
Talley Dunn Gallery
May 26 – July 11, 2020
Featuring photographs by Sharon Core, Ted Kincaid, and Rachel Perry, Daydreaming is an online exhibition of contemporary photography that explores themes of artifice and materialism through imagery that is at once fantastically ethereal and distinctly mundane. All three artists push aside conventional views of photography as an objective medium. Their meticulously crafted works query distinctions between truth and fiction, photography and other media, the original and the facsimile. Vibrant colors and imagination thrive in the artists’ contemporary takes on still lifes, landscapes, and portraits of altered reality. Daydreaming invites us into a world of dreams that continues to resonate into our waking hours.
Sharon Core astutely interrogates authenticity, authorship, and photographic truth in her works that recreate canonical scenes in art history. For the series featured in this exhibition, Core stages Claes Oldenburg’s iconic plaster and cloth sculptures of American food with the foods themselves, capturing their humorously glistening and sagging forms on a massive scale. Where Oldenburg sought to make art of the commonplace and unexceptional, Core returns the high art sculpture to its biodegradable source material.
Sharon Core describes Two Cheeseburgers with Everything
The subject of food in photography has become a ubiquitous fixture of personal contemporary life, and I was curious about how a re-framing of Oldenburg’s food sculptures would operate in the present photographic landscape.
Ted Kincaid systematically subverts the notion of photography as truth in his digital dissections of skyscapes. Working from his own photographs and adapting skies from the paintings of canonical artists, Kincaid stitches together entirely new painterly pixel-based renditions. His art investigates the play between painting and photography, creating a new definition of painting informed by photo-imagery and a new photography influenced by painting.
Study for a Fantasia on a Dutch Landscape 302, 2020
Varnished pigment on canvas
24h x 20w in
Ted Kincaid tells us about his art historical influences
Fantasia on a Landscape by Joachim Patinir 716, 2019
Varnished pigment on canvas
75h x 50w in
I want the work to seduce, to draw you in, and then when you find out about the process, it makes the work richer.
Rachel Perry’s photographs in this exhibition are from the series Lost in my Life (2009-2012) in which the artist transforms unremarkable relics of quotidian life into whimsically captivating forms that caress and engulf her body. Perry’s self-portraits that are meticulously strewn with takeout containers and twist ties highlight the homogenizing force of consumerism over personal identity. The artfully crumpled tin foil and overflowing receipts fantastically remind viewers of the endless cyclical acts of purchasing, collecting, and purging of consumer goods.
Lost in My Life (Fruit Stickers Standing with Round), 2018
Archival pigment print
34h x 24w in