Exhibition installation view at Regina Rex.
Corey Escoto (2005 BFA in Painting, with an MFA from Washington University, St. Louis), a Texas native currently living in Pittsburgh, PA, has a solo show at Regina Rex in Brooklyn, NY through February 17th. This exhibition includes photographic sculptures and a grouping of instant-film photographs (think Polaroids) that defy immediate comprehension.
Reviewing the exhibition for online blog The L Magazine, Corinna Kirsch observed, “What’s being emphasized here is the physical nature of photography.”
Corey’s take on this assessment is, “Let me just say that I care about imagehood as well as the objecthood because while I find the discussion about images, photos, and how they operate to be interesting that is not one of my primary concerns as an artist more broadly.”
“Dreamliner” (2012) Fuji Color Instant Film, 5×4 inches.
I chatted with Corey in early December about his new “photographs,” soon after his return from the Miami NADA art fair (which coincided with Art Basel Miami) where his 4×5” “Polaroids” were snapped up by savvy collectors (for only $1,200 apiece). He suggested that although the works are photographic, they are made with the concerns of a painter. “…[T]he works are constructed by hand and I wanted them to be able to stand alongside paintings and dialogue with the painting process. Additionally, I am interested in creating photographs that run counter to (but also in dialogue with) the type that our photography-obsessed culture makes on a daily basis (100 million photos on Facebook a day).”
“Zion Cubes” (2012) Fuji Color Instant Film, 4×5 inches.
I observed that standing in front of what I recognize to be a Polaroid photograph or any other instant-photo object, yet seeing photographic images that do not correlate to any known indexical possibilities, causes me to become “visually flummoxed.”    read more >>