[Sketch] Corinne de San Jose Discusses Her Work for Abstract Photography Exhibition, “Equivalent/s,” at Silverlens


Blink and you’ll miss it–and we hope you don’t.  “Equivalent/s,” exploring methods of abstraction in photography, and curated by Rachel Rillo, is on its last couple of days in Silverlens Galleries.

For this week’s Sketch, we asked Corinne de San Jose about the photographs she created for the show.   Subtle and arresting at the same time, her Push/Pull series is a must-see–as well as those of the artists Frank Callaghan, Teo Esguerra, Issay Rodriguez, and MM Yu.  Concluding on the 17th of November (tomorrow, and alongside another must-see, “Painting, Differently”), the exhibition is worth a visit.


Corinne de San Jose. Push/Pull #2 (2018). Archival ink on Hahnemühle photo rag. Photo courtesy of Corinne de San Jose via Silverlens Galleries.

Can you tell us about your pieces for Equivalent/s?  What is the philosophy behind what you created for the show?

These pieces sort of pick up where I left off in past works. First, I wanted to continue my exploration of the female body, as it has been something I’ve been working on and thinking about a lot lately. In my past work, it has always been me observing/scrutinizing the materiality of my own body. Lately I have been interested in how the other sees women’s bodies, and how that relates to how I see my own. Second, I’m also interested in the photograph as an object, as something that can also be 3 dimensional, how it relates to space and other objects.

I wanted to play with these elements in the framework of abstraction. I think the idea for me is to create a something new from these disparate ideas, to abandon what it used to mean and just experiment.

Corinne de San Jose. “Push/Pull #1”. 2018. Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle photo rag.  Photo courtesy of Corinne de San Jose via Silverlens Galleries.

Can you tell us about the work process by which you came up with the resulting photographs?

I was thinking a lot of the early abstract expressionists and how by placing the canvas on the floor, they were able to free themselves from a lot of the conventions of painting. I wanted to try and find ways to subvert my old processes. By not using a camera, by using movement and gestures (using a lamp for the light streaks, tearing the pieces of paper, crumpling, throwing them around randomly, etc).

The artist. Photo courtesy of Corinne de San Jose via Silverlens Galleries.

You also make films.  Technically, they’re almost the same medium, but as an artist, how is your creativity catered to differently by each medium?

I make videos, I do sound design for films too, and I think the main difference is, that I have to always consider that film and sound is temporal, whereas a photograph is not bound by the same rules. I think the idea of time influences my work a lot too, and there lies the big difference for me. But the different medium i choose to work in overlap/interact as well. For instance, I like to imagine how my work would sound like before I even make it. Like for this set of work, I imagine noise and clutter, and I let that dictate how visually everything will be.

Exhibition view. Photo courtesy of Corinne de San Jose via Silverlens Galleries.

The exhibition’s last day is tomorrow, 17 November 2018.  For information and contact details, click here.

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