For her SLG exhibition Isabelle Cornaro presents Paysage avec poussin, a restaging of the latest in a series of large-scale installations which she started in 2008, and a selection of short films in the first floor galleries. At Spike Island, Témoins oculaires (eye witnesses) focuses on new and recent works, many made especially for the show, and runs from 24 Jan – 29 Mar 2015.
Cornaro works with painting, sculpture, film and installation, to explore the influence of history and culture on our perception of reality. As a trained art historian specialising in sixteenth-century European Mannerism, her visual language draws on a wide array of references from the Baroque to modernist abstraction. In her work Cornaro uses found objects imbued with symbolism or emotional value, which she presents in different types of display and media to reveal the subtle shifts of meaning provoked by processes of reproduction and translation.
Isabelle Cornaro (born 1974 in Aurillac, France) lives and works in Paris. She has exhibited extensively across France as well as internationally including solo exhibitions at M – Museum (cur. Valerie Verhack), Leuven, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, Balice Hertling, Paris, Kunsthalle Bern (cur. Fabrice Stroun), Bern, Le Magasin (cur. Yves Aupetitallot), Grenoble, Frac Aquitaine (cur. Claire Jacquet), Bordeaux, Collège des Bernardins, Paris, and 1m3, Lausanne and group exhibitions including at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, Palazzo Cavour, Turin, Public Fiction, Los Angeles, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Mercer Union, Toronto, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, and SculptureCenter, New-York. Her work can be found in a number of collections including those of Centre Pompidou, Paris, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Île-de-France, Paris, and Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Aquitaine, Bordeaux.