Push and Pull opening at SCAD Gutstein Gallery

Added on by Cory Imig.

Push and Pull

An Exhibition of SCAD Faculty and Alumni

Gutstein Gallery

April 22 – May 21, 2016

Reception: April 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This group exhibition of SCAD faculty and alumni is a playful reinterpretation of Hans Hoffman’s “push and pull,” the terminology for how the prolific painter described the relationships between colors and forms. Here, “push and pull” is used both theoretically and literally, as the artists draw colors and shapes from sources as widespread as contemporary signage and antique porcelain, or pigment is pushed through a printmaking screen and balloons pull against their tethers. The featured artists work across media—sculpture, printmaking, painting, ceramics and installation—in an exploration of appropriation, abstraction and process. 

Push and Pull features Marcia R. Cohen’s (professor of painting, Atlanta) “Summer Reading” series of abstract compositions on shaped canvases and Tom Francis’ (professor of painting, Atlanta) gestural text-based paintings. Yves Paquette (professor of sculpture, Savannah) reinterprets the shapes and color of antique French Sèvres porcelain in his “L'hiver bleu series of ceramic sculptures. Process is emphasized in the works of Elmer Ramos (BFA illustration, 2010) and Brandon Woods (MFA painting, 2015), who cross the boundaries of artistic media—painting, printmaking and digital practices—in vastly different ways. Alumna Cory Imig (BFA fibers, 2008) presents two installation of balloons, tape and string, made specifically for Gutstein Gallery, and designed to change over the course of the exhibition.

The exhibition is curated by Amanda York, assistant curator of SCAD exhibitions.


Studio Visit with Lynnette Miranda (Make Space)

Added on by Cory Imig.

Studio Visit with Lynette Miranda (Make Space) and Cory Imig:

I have long admired Cory Imig‘s multidisciplinary practice as an artist, curator, and educator. I can’t quite place when Cory and I first connected, but it was in 2011 via the internet. It was the very beginning of both Make Space and Plug Projects (we even posted a mention of Plug’s inaugural exhibition). 

PLUG Projects is a curatorial collaborative and exhibition space in Kansas City, MO, founded by five artists including Cory. They received a Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Art in 2011 to launch the space. Eventually Cory and I met in person at MDW Fair 2012 in Chicago, where both Make Space and Plug Projects were organizing exhibition spaces. While we’ve kept in touch for the last three years, this exhibition has given me the chance to work with her directly and develop a deeper understanding for her artistic practice.

I spoke with Cory over the phone to discuss the conceptual concerns of her work, explore her process-based methodology, and talk about how she balances the various parts of her practice. She also tells us about her experience at ACRE last summer and its impact on her work.Take a listen and excuse the fuzzy beginning!  

Click here to read more about the Studio Visit and listen to the phone interview.

FUTILE DIVIDE at ACRE Projects in Chicago

Added on by Cory Imig.


November 16, 2014 – December 1, 2014
Opening: Sunday, November 16 from 4-8pm
Programming: Sunday, November 23
Open: Sundays and Mondays, 12-4pm
and by appointment

ACRE Projects
1913 W 17th Street | Chicago IL 60608

Curated by Lynnette Miranda and Etta Sandry in conjunction with ACRE Projects.

Futile Divide presents contrasting works by Cory Imig and Wolfie E. Rawk, placing them in dialogue with one another to examine the implications of personal, conceptual, and social structures. Pointing at existing systems, each artist explores various materials and processes to enhance the futility of these constructs and to break down established boundaries. Both Cory and Wolfie attempt, again and again, to apprehend seemingly inflexible divisions through observation, research, and material. The artists introduce new ways for us to engage with the dichotomies that we take for granted, and leave us wandering amidst a tense balance.

In her most recent work, Cory experiments with balloons as an approach to document and illustrate time. Her minimal installations have an intentionally flawed, yet concealed, design that uses everyday materials to attempt to control intangible factors like air, gravity, and space. Through investigative processes, Wolfie observes, documents, and researches the social rules and hierarchies that construct the expectations for body identification. Presented through video, experiential installation, and excerpts from their own research, they propose a new perspective on the world and raise questions that begin to confound the classifications set up by the prevailing world order.

CORY IMIG is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator currently working in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her BFA at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008, where she focused on Fibers and Sculpture. Cory has participated in residencies at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, and the Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio Residency. She has exhibited her work in the Kansas City area at Charlotte Street Foundation Project Space, La Esquina, City Arts Project, and the Kansas City Library. In 2012, she was a fellow in the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship Program. Along with four of her collaborators, Cory was awarded a Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Art in 2011, to start a curatorial collaborative and exhibition space in the West Bottoms called Plug Projects.

coryimig.com | plugprojects.com

WOLFIE E. RAWK is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, sculpture, multi-sensory and interactive experience. They have shown their work and lectured on Trans Identity, Social Inequality and the Horror Film Genre at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, EXPO Chicago, Fiber Philadelphia Biennial, and Chicago Artists Coalition. They obtained an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, and a BA in Art and Art History from Hampshire College in 2008.