Inside the White Cube
7 September – 11 November 2012
White Cube Bermondsey
Through film, sculpture, drawing and painting, French artist Isabelle Cornaro re-evaluates objects by exploring the tensions between their aesthetic and cultural value and by questioning meaning through formal and conceptual modes of display.
Cornaro uses scanning, photography and plaster casting as her methods of production. Through meticulous arrangements, she investigates the properties of objects and the historicity they can point to or steer away from. 'Homonyms (II)' (2012), for example, are coloured plaster casts taken from soft materials such as laces, quilts and carpets. The misplaced use of colour and materiality of their new form alters their original identity and disrupts how these transformed objects are perceived. In the film, Money filmed from the side and a three-quarter view (2010), Cornraro portrays actual coins and Euro notes being transformed into abstract forms through the cinematic use of light and colour. The preoccupation with spatiality and light in the film brings currency’s aesthetic into the composition, stripping the importance of its monetary value. Cornaro creates differing landscapes in her work, welcoming new reflections on the ideology of object and space.
Born in 1974 in France, Isabelle Cornaro lives and works in Paris. Recent solo exhibitions include, Le Magasin, 2012, FRAC (Regional Fund for Contemporary Art) Aquitaine, France (2012), Le Collège des Bernardins, Paris (2011), 1m3, Lausanne (2011), Centre d’Art Contemporain de Troyes, Troyes (2010), Kunstverein Düsseldorf (2009), Recent group shows include Intense Proximité/y, Paris Triennale, Palais de Tokyo (2012), Un'espressione geografica, Fondazione Sandretto, Turin (2011), Vide-Poche, Sculpture Center, New-York (2011), Projection, Centre Pompidou (2011), Paris, Sharjah Biennale, UAE (2011), Unto This Last, Raven Row, London (2010), The square, the Line and the Light, Tate Modern, London (2010)