12 October – 27 November 2011
Inside the White Cube | North Gallery II, Bermondsey
Mary Corse first emerged as part of the generation of ‘Light and Space’ artists working in southern California in the late 1960s. It was at this time that she first began making minimalist paintings using a radical technique mixing clear glass micro-beads mixed with pigment, which she has continued to develop over the past four decades. The tiny glass spheres act as a prism, refracting and reflecting light, depending on the position of the viewer and angle of light. At times the surface appears flat and even; by a slight shift in location, the formal geometry and painterly characteristics of the image shimmer into view with almost phosphorescent effect. The five new paintings, made in 2011 for ‘Inside the White Cube’, build upon this method, and have a glistening and ethereal quality that constantly vacillate as the viewer moves through the space.
Mary Corse was born in Berkeley, California in 1945. She lives and works in Los Angeles.