Artist Talk:
Corey McCorkle

December 9, 2012 / 1:00pm


Corey McCorkle’s artworks engage with the cryptic and fantastical aspects of nature, philosophy, and craft. McCorkle uses photography and film to document modern ruins, alternative communities, and magical beliefs, while also making his own enigmatic objects and spatial interventions. McCorkle's video work Bestiaire (2007) will be on view November 20–December 9, 2012  as part of the Video Salon for the exhibition Inside Out and From the Ground Up. Bestiaire shows the still, melancholic spaces of a half-completed, now abandoned zoo on the outskirts Istanbul, Turkey. McCorkle composed the video from lingering still shots and slow zooms, alternating between overgrown landscapes and decaying architecture. The sound of howling dogs and a broadcast call to prayer give the scenes a strange, melancholy tone. The title, Bestiaire (“bestiary”), a collection of moralizing tales based upon real or fabled animals, hints at an underlying allegory. The zoo, built to contain and control animals, now lays in ruins, returned to the untamed.

McCorkle's talk at MOCA Cleveland will begin with a short screening of the artist's video works, including BestiairePreah (2005), and clips from Zoetrope (2010), a five-channel installation, followed by an interview with Rose Bouthillier, Assistant Curator. 
Corey McCorkle (1969, La Crosse, WI) lives and works in New York. He holds an MFA from the University of Chicago, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and studied at Pratt Institute of Architecture. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Frac Île-de-France, Paris; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; and Kunstverein Bonn, Germany. He has been featured in group exhibitions at The Kitchen, New York; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Kunstwerke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland; and the 4th Berlin Biennial of Contemporary Art.