ABOUT THE BOOK
This monograph covers the past 20 years of New York-based artist Christine Corday’s (born 1970) practice. Corday combines her interests in the sciences and fine arts to paint, sculpt, draw and design. Her artistic approach consists of manipulation of matter into different states, producing massive sculptures that viewers are meant to experience through touch, leaving memories on the surface of her work. Her public works and solo installations include Sans Titre (2020) a two-pound object installed within a star on earth, Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance, FR; GENESES (2019), a massive sculpture of stainless steel and concrete commissioned by the City of San Francisco for Moscone Center; Relative Points (2019), a twelve-piece installation of monumental compressed cylinders, each 10,000 pounds of iron, elemental metal and metalloid grit at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Protoist Series: Selected Forms (2015) at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and UNE (2008) at The High Line, New York City. In Spain, Corday formulated a black pigment color later selected by architect Michael Arad as the touch-focused color for the National September 11 Memorial (2011), Ground Zero, which Corday applied by hand through a heated application. Christine Corday: Works includes an essay by art and architectural historian Miwon Kwon.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Christine Corday works with temperature, material states, elemental metals, and often creates additional media in artist-led collaborations with international scientists and science organizations. She is the sole artist among thousands of scientists from thirty-five nations involved in the ambitious energy project ITER, which seeks to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale, carbon-free energy source—the same energy that powers the sun and stars. Following an astrophysics internship at NASA/SETI (Moffett Field, CA, 1991), Corday created Foundation Civilization (2000) in Seville, Spain for projects exploring such intersections of art and science as Instrument for the Ocean to Play (2001). Corday founded work studios in Tokyo (1999-2000); Seville (2000-04); Greenpoint, Brooklyn (2005-08); and Hudson Valley, New York (2008-present). Corday was nominated for the United States Artist Fellow in 2016.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Miwon Kwon is Professor of Contemporary Art and Chair of the Department of Art History at UCLA. She holds an MA in photography/visual studies from UC Berkeley and a PhD in architectural history and theory from Princeton University. Kwon’s research and writings have engaged several disciplines including contemporary art, architecture, public art and urban studies. She is the author of One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (MIT Press, 2002), as well as lengthy essays on the work of many contemporary artists, including Michael Asher, Barbara Kruger, Ana Mendieta, Gabriel Orozco, Richard Serra, and Do Ho Suh, among many others. She co-organized a major historical exhibition in 2012 entitled Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, with Philipp Kaiser, which was on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany; the accompanying catalog was awarded the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award from the College Art Association.