February 13 to March 22, 2004
BELLWETHER is pleased to announce "THIEBAUDS" by Sharon Core.
In this new series Sharon Core photographically enacts twelve early food
paintings by Bay Area artist, Wayne Thiebaud. Her meticulous constructions
of cakes, pies, hotdogs, etc. in "edible live arrangements for the camera"
are a mimetic homage. Based on various catalog reproductions and her own
memories, each photograph is printed the size of the original painting.
Sharon inverts the common practice of making a painting from a photograph.
The resulting work refers simultaneously to painterly illusionism and
photographic reality, causing a flutter in the mind as it struggles with
seeing the familiar anew.
Thiebaud is said to have painted many of his early iconic still life's of
American food from memory. In a quote from "Pop Art" by Lucy Lippard,
Thiebaud states, "I am interested in what happens when the relationship
between paint and subject matter comes as close as I can get it- white,
gooey, shiny, sticky oil paint spread out on top of a painted cake to
'become' frosting. It is playing with reality - making an illusion which
grows out of an exploration of the propensities of materials."
Born in New Orleans, raised in Georgia and currently residing in New York,
Sharon Core holds a BFA in painting from The University of Georgia and an
MFA in Photography from Yale University. Recent honors include The Rema
Hort Mann Fellowship (2000) and a White Room at White Columns (2000). She has
had solo shows at Clementine in 2001 and at Bellwether in 2000.