Mary Corse

Continuing with our month long focus on white, this week I would like to share the inspiring work of one of my favorite artists, Mary Corse. Mary Corse is a Los Angeles based artist, most notable for her monochromatic “White Light Paintings” in the Light and Space art movement of the 1960s.


Corse’s peers in the Light and Space movement included DeWain Valentine, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, and Helen Pashgian. This group of Southern Californian artists invented beautiful, minimal, sleek and luminescent works of art by experimenting with unconventional materials like resin and vacuum formed plastic. Their works concentrate on the relationship of human perception and sensation.


“At a time when New York was focused on very dark, black hues, and artists were working with a lot of steel, the L.A. artists were exploring these very different materials, and obviously embracing light and space,” says Bill Griffin, a partner in Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles.


Corse’s work is centered around her peculiar  use of glass microspheres. The glass microspheres Corse utilizes in her work are tiny reflective beads that are most commonly used to brighten highway signs. Corse mixes the beads with white acrylic paint to create her remarkable “White Light Paintings”. Corse paints her canvases, averaging 9′ x 9′ in size, in stripes with her microsphere paint and then sands the surfaces  perfectly smooth. The result the is a glowing painting that transforms like a hologram as you walk around, revealing its complex relationship to light.


corse2 VIEW 2corse1Mary Corse is represented by Ace Gallery and Lehmann Maupin. She was prominently featured among her peers in the Pacific Standard Time initiative sponsored by the Getty Museum.

72688284MC_LMG_061Images courtesy of Ace Gallery and Lehmann Maupin

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