Sea salt, light and air converge in Mary Corse’s monochromatic white canvases currently on view at Lehmann Maupin’s Chelsea Gallery. Berkley born and ontologically based in California, Corse’s ivory and pearl paintings are made by embedding micro glass beads, or micro spheres, into the painted surface. Depending on the viewer’s position in regards to the canvas and the overhead passing light conditions, the striped white painting’s composition will subtly shift in perception. Beginning in the late sixties, Corse was a member of the California ‘Light and Space’ group coming out of Southern California’s abundance of both. A phenomenological experience only appreciable after soaking in the light and air of California, Corse’s paintings are a trippy, Los Angeles attitudinal response to Agnes Martin’s arid Taos grids. Digitally, Corse’s paintings appear ho-hum, but in person the work literally sparkles before the viewer’s eyes.
"Untitled (White Inner Band, Beveled)"
(2008) by Mary Corse.
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas,
96 x 144 inches.
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas