Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Corydon Cowansage
Bronx NY US
Updated: 2017-09-19 09:18:50



My paintings explore the psychology of space and the relationships between the built environment, landscape, and abstraction. Using repeating forms like blades of grass, bricks, roof shingles, leaves, and fence slats, I make optical meditative abstractions that creep into representation.

Ranging in scale from six inches to nine feet, my paintings locate the viewer in awkward spatial situations. Viewers are pressed up against a wall, squeezed between spaces, forced into a hole, or pushed to the ground. My paintings produce uncanny perceptual shifts as they flip flop between pure abstraction and more naturalistic representation. Flat geometries might suddenly appear to have depth and mass. Space is folded or compressed, perspective and scale are askew, and access is blocked.

I often think of the forms in my paintings in relationship to the body—bricks are fleshy, leaves have veins, grass stands in for hair or fingers, and dirt becomes skin. Forms almost touch, poke, rub.


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