Sharon Core explores the boundaries between photography and painting through beautiful images that question the viewer’s assumptions about both mediums. The artist was born in 1965 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and originally trained as a painter, receiving her BFA from the University of Georgia in 1987. Core went on to earn her MFA in photography from Yale. She first attracted major critical acclaim for her Thiebaud series (2003-2004), in which she created photographic simulations of 1960’s artist Wayne Thiebaud’s iconic images of cakes, hot dogs, and sandwiches. Core continued in this vein in her subsequent series Early American (2007-2008), this time replicating the 19th century still-life paintings of American artist Raphaelle Peale. In order to create exact photographic renderings of the paintings, Core collected genuine period tableware and grew the fruit and flowers in her own greenhouse. In regards to this meticulous process, Core commented, “it’s really a means to an end — to create an illusive representation of another time. The photographs are completely traditional, involving no digital media whatsoever, so I am staging the ‘reality’ of an early-19th-century painting in terms of lighting, subject matter and scale…I go to great pains to come at the image from another direction — to mirror it, so to speak.”
Core’s work has been included in the Armory Show, New York (2005); the Guggenheim Foundation’s Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2007); and Paris Photo at Carrousel du Louvre, Paris (2008). The artist has also had solo shows at White Columns, New York (2000); Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn (2004); and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York (2008). Core was awarded the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant in 2000, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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