Caroline Corleone

When French artist Georges Braque stuck several pieces of wood to a drawing entitled Fruit Dish and Glass in 1912, he was, to a small degree, hoodwinking his audience. The grained material was actually industrial by-the-metre goods. Braque had recently bought a roll of wallpaper because the contradiction of nature being simulated on printed paper fascinated him. His picture plays with this fallacy and doubles the effect because he collages the pattern in a still life that is itself a painted illusion and breaks down into fragments in front of the observer’s eyes.

In her second solo exhibition at Galerie Krobath, Caroline Corleone appears to be emulating the famous cubist by using polyester fabric from the bargain bin in her new works. Like Braque, Corleone marvels at things like the floridly artistic finery of the clothing fabrics – the many asters, hydrangeas and chrysanthemums that, thanks to digital experiments, repeat themselves endlessly or contort themselves into patterns so abstract that they become unrecognisable. Her response to this postmedia strategy of copying and montage is, however, far more radical than Braque’s: she cuts her canvases and replaces parts of them with the patterned material. We see the thread and the zigzagging of the sewing machine that Corleone also used in her earlier works. In some places, the fabric is distorted because the textiles are mismatched.

This type of collaging emerged with Braque and the papier collé technique in the early days of modernism. Braque established analytical cubism, which confronted reality with the reality of the image and questioned the separation of the two. Corleone doesn’t even draw this distinction anymore. Her stitchings make it clear that, from the perspective of the 21st century, everything stands side-byside on completely equal footing – the real, the digital and the painted.

Current Dates

  • Thu. 23 Feb 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 24 Feb 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 25 Feb 2017, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Tue. 28 Feb 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 01 Mar 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.