Woodward Gallery is excited to announce that our current exhibition, “Gregory Corn, Alex Racine: Gravity & Grace” is extended until March 11th, 2023!
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The latest exhibition at Woodward Gallery, “Gregory Corn, Alex Racine: Gravity & Grace” has been featured on Art In America today.
Gregory Corn & Alex Racine
Gregory Corn, Alex Racine: Gravity & Grace
February *Extended to March 11th, 2023
Happy New Year! Woodward Gallery springs into 2023 with a two-person, dynamic, three-dimensional exhibition by Sculptors, Gregory Corn and Alex Racine.
The human condition is modeled in metal, ceramic, and gravity. Corn’s three “dancers” spin in juxtaposition to their heavy medium and weightlessness. Racine’s expressive hands offer graceful gestures and cultural commentary.
Alex Racine’s ceramic sculptures employ the power of words and palmistry. The human palm has lines in it that represent language, so the artist naturally thought to sculpt words. The openings in his elegant hands encourage the viewer to also explore the inside, consider how hands articulate, and how we may interpret character from the lines and configurations of the palm of a person’s hand. Walkie-Talkie and Basic Instinct are after the human body. The fingers become a blend of leg and arm anatomy. Crossed fingers in Basic Instinct conjure the iconic cultural moment in the 1992 film of the same title.
For Racine, his Dog is reminiscent of youthful shadow puppets. Conversely, God is the mischievous, fun relationship with the shadow puppet and his play on its letters. Love is the hand gesture for sign language. Kindness is two hands joined creating one heart— especially relevant at this time when more kindness is needed. Incorporating a sixth finger as an optical illusion, Racine nods to early Warhol drawings, saying, “When I close my eyes, I feel like I have a 6th finger. I like that the sculpture becomes something and does something…it is like a third eye.”
Gregory Corn’s sculptures utilize metal, stone, and wire to harness the delicate balance between highly-dense materials and gravity. Tall, sturdy, steel structures are held together, masterfully, by smaller pieces. Heavy objects dangle from wires and gently sway. When knocked on, each piece also “sings” differently, as Corn describes. Corn’s three sister pieces, Yellow Dancer, Orange Dancer, and Red Dancer exemplify human behavior, symbolizing the complex inner mechanisms of bodies, minds, and spirits. Like real dancers, each of the three sculptures are physically sound —strong— and yet, incredibly graceful. The fourth piece, Marionette, resembles a puppet. A heavy mountain-shaped stone is held off the ground by a complex array of cable wires, latches, and steel bars. Large, red-detailed, rectangular beams act like bones for the larger sculpture. This balance, Gregory Corn explains, represents humanity, as, in his own words: “The weight we carry holds us together.”
Gregory Corn installing his sculptures at Woodward Gallery in early January 2023.
September 12 – October 24, 2015
This survey will recall past trends, exhibition themes and current inspirations by the Artists Woodward Gallery has featured throughout its decades long history. These Artists have all been exhibited at some time since 1994 reflecting the variety of the Gallery’s collection:
Jean Michel Basquiat,
Fab 5 Freddy,
“Charting Ground Zero”
Private Sector / Public Domain
September 8 – November 24, 2001
Woodward Gallery is proud to open the Fall Season with Artist Gregory Corn. Private Sector/Public Domain will include Corn’s latest steel constructions.
This new body of work defies the mystique of gravity. Corn employs his trademark stacking and balancing with wire or canvas strips to support effortlessly the weight of steel slabs.
Corn’s sculpture expands the boundaries of art in private or public settings. His original work can occupy large, small, interior or exterior spaces. This artist’s command of the media is evident with his unique geometric alignments. Some of his elements appear to magnetically hang together while others hover precariously in balance.
Whether intended for public or private appreciation, the powerful presence of Gregory Corn’s art will be remembered.