UNE, Weathering Steel, 105" x 103" x 197"
In her new show at LACMA, Christine Corday: Protoist Series, Selected Forms, Corday has replaced her typical paintbrush with the heat of a plasma torch to “paint” and play with the idea of suspending the moment between sensory perception and definition and to explore forms in and out of solid states. Corday encourages viewers to touch her work, which includes two large-scale steel sculptures. The sculptures, UNE and KNOUN, appear as if they were unearthed, as each handprint slowly rusts and wears down the sculptures. This show, her first solo show at an American museum, is on view now through April 5, 2015.
Detail, UNE, Weathering Steel
Artist Christine Corday (known as CORDAY G from 1999-2005) has diverse interests that have informed her work. A trained classical pianist, Corday received her BA in Communication Arts and studied astrophysics at an internship at NASA Ames Research Center where she specialized in a SETI extra solar planetary project. She later took graduate courses in Cultural Anthropology and worked as a graphic and structural designer for several international advertising agencies. She was selected for a short story prize in 2000 from Francis Ford Coppola’s fiction magazine Zoetrope and was a finalist in the 2005 Fence Modern Poet Prize. In 1999, Corday became a full-time painter, living in both Tokyo, Japan and Seville, Spain. While abroad, she began the large-scale work for which she is best known.
As seen on the History Channel’s “Making the 9/11 Memorial” documentary and Discovery Channel’s documentary series “Rising, Rebuilding Ground Zero,” Corday’s black iron oxide color was selected by architect Michael Arad and the Memorial Committee for the National September 11 Memorial at One World Trade Center, New York City for the finish of the bronze name parapets which carry the victims names from the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. “Every name has run under the palm of my hand,” Corday said. “Each name here is a life, and that’s never been lost on anyone that’s worked on this project.” For nine months throughout 2010 and 2011, Corday and her assistant applied her blackening color and technique over the 15,000 square feet of the Memorial for its opening on September 11, 2011.
Corday moved to Brooklyn in 2005 and began working on the large metal alloy forms of her Protoist Series. Christine Corday’s works are in private collections worldwide.