Stella Corkery

Paradises

1 Jun — 4 Jul 2020

Looking at Stella Corkery’s paintings I’m caught in a rushing promiscuity of response. I feel as I did a few decades ago when failing to learn to ski; I kept sliding very fast down the slope without being able to stand and get any dignified purchase on the hard snow. I couldn’t stand up for falling down. Turning Corkery’s paintings over in my mind, I feel I am sliding into them with steering wander as they turn me over, set me reeling, and push me down their slopes. The mixed register of Corkery’s capriciously eclectic and skittish pictorial motifs contribute to the effect of assertive mutability, but mostly it is her paintings’ giddy gesturality, their distracted plasticity, their curdling painterly lyricism, their weird cuisine. Corkery must lace her smeared, scraped, whorled, and variously palpated mediums with something strong.

– Allan Smith

Stella Corkery, Paradises, 2020
oil and gesso on canvas, 1000 x 800mm

Stella Corkery, War Horse, 2020
oil, acrylic and gesso on canvas, 1000 x 750mm

Stella Corkery, War Horse, 2020
oil and gesso on canvas, 1000 x 800mm

Stella Corkery, Wedge, 2020
oil, iridescent acrylic and gesso on canvas, 910 x 610mm

Stella Corkery, Haught Hawt, 2020
oil, iridescent acrylic and gesso on canvas, 910 x 610mm

Stella Corkery, Hallelujah, 2020
oil and gesso on canvas, 910 x 610mm

Stella Corkery, Congregation, 2020
oil, iridescent acrylic and gesso on canvas, 910 x 610mm

Stella Corkery, Untitled, 2020
oil and gesso on canvas, 910 x 610mm

“I look at how to push paint around as a verb activity, as something totally pragmatic: to scrape, to push … it’s how my painting vocabulary developed. A practical, material way of moving paint across a surface.”

– Stella Corkery

Stella Corkery, Humming, 2020
oil and gesso on canvas, 910 x 610mm

Stella Corkery, Untitled, 2020
oil on canvas, 910 x 610mm

Stella Corkery, Teeth in the Mouth, 2020
oil on canvas, 700 x 500mm

Stella Corkery, French Green, 2020
oil and gesso on canvas, 610 x 400mm

“The push of the brush, the weight of the bristles, the hardness, the softness, there are all these kind of material details in using a brush that will result in what happens on the surface.”

– Stella Corkery

Stella Corkery, Lost Weekend, 2020
oil and gesso on canvas, 910 x 610mm

Stella Corkery, Neck Piece, 2020
oil, canvas, staples and gesso on canvas, 520 x 420mm

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