Claire Corey

Solomon Projects

The digital images on my computer’s desktop are not reproductions of paintings by Claire Corey but rather examples of the templates from which her canvases are produced. Corey composes her images by forcing various design software packages to do things they were not intended to do: Many elements of her visual vocabulary originated as glitches and errors. The resulting digital compositions become “paintings” when she prints them in ink on canvas. The artist has said she is engaged in “a dialogue with the history of painting” by means of technology. In particular, she reexamines the tenets of modernism through the lens of the computer screen.

Corey is extremely skilled at layering digital information to evoke different kinds and qualities of paint. Some of her surfaces have the limpidity of watercolor, others the density of oils. Part of Corey’s project is to simulate the kind of expressive

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