Monographs

Title year editor institution location language
This Morbid Roundrip from Subject to Object (a Facsimilé)
2014
LA><ART (ed.)
LA><ART
Los Angeles, USA
English edition

On display at LA><ART from January 11 – February 22, 2014, Isabelle Cornaro’s exhibition “This Morbid Roundtrip from Subject to Object” explored the experience of perception in a formal language that bridged photography, drawing, film and sculpture. The exhibition focused on three 16mm shots, each presenting accumulated domestic objects, that distilled the monumental in the miniature and the painterly in the found. As a counterpart to the films, Cornaro exhibited a sculpture from her ongoing “Homonymes” series of slip cast sculptures, which play on how the baroque sought organic principles in decorative motifs. Through film, sculpture, drawing and painting, the French artist re-evaluates objects by exploring the tensions between their aesthetic and cultural value and by questioning meaning through formal and conceptual modes of display.

 

The exhibition calatogue, designed by Lauren Mackler, features images from the films, alongside image-specific commentary by the author. Readers will also gain insight into the inspiration and process behind both “Homonymes” and “This Morbid Round Trip from Subject to Object” in an interview with Isabelle Cornaro by Matthew Schum. 

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Inside the White Cube Nr. 13: Isabelle Cornaro
2012
Honey Luard
White Cube, London
London, UK
English edition

Through film, sculpture, drawing and painting, French artist Isabelle Cornaro re-evaluates objects by exploring the tensions between their aesthetic and cultural value and by questioning meaning through formal and conceptual modes of display.

Cornaro uses scanning, photography and plaster casting as her methods of production. Through meticulous arrangements, she investigates the properties of objects and the historicity they can point to or steer away from. Homonyms (II) (2012), for example, are coloured plaster casts taken from soft materials such as laces, quilts and carpets. The misplaced use of colour and materiality of their new form alters their original identity and disrupts how these transformed objects are perceived. In the film, Money filmed from the side and a three-quarter view (2010), Cornraro portrays actual coins and Euro notes being transformed into abstract forms through the cinematic use of light and colour. The preoccupation with spatiality and light in the film brings currency’s aesthetic into the composition, stripping the importance of its monetary value. Cornaro creates differing landscapes in her work, welcoming new reflections on the ideology of object and space.


Text by Fabrice Stroun and Isabelle Cornaro
Designed by Jonathan Hares
Softback, 64pp, illustrated
232mm x 167mm
Edition of 500
White Cube 2012
ISBN 978 1 906072 72 8

Isabelle Cornaro
2011
Clément Dirié (ed.)
JRP/Ringier in co-edition with the Magasin Grenoble and Kunsthalle Bern
Zurich, Switzerland
English and French

Isabelle Cornaro (b. 1974, France) investigates the relationship between objects—especially decorative objects—value, and art, through the issues of representation, perceptual experience, and reproduction. She is also exploring how to translate forms and languages, for example an old master painting into a 3D installation, a film into a graphic score, or the vocabulary of Minimalism into a more emotional language. She mines ambiguity by setting up a tension between the analytical, symbolic, lyrical, and anecdotal, addressing how our way of looking constructs the world and its uses. She works with various media such as installation, painting, sculpture, video, and drawing. To accompany the first publication on Isabelle Cornaro’s works, this book brings together a comprehensive essay by art historian and critic Vivian Sky Rehberg, an interview with London-based Raven Row deputy director Alice Motard, and an examination of her relationship with decorative arts by Glenn Adamson, Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

Published with the Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris;
the Parc culturel de Rentilly;
the Centre d’art contemporain / Passages, Troyes;
the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (Isabelle Cornaro is laureate of the Prix Ricard 2011), Paris;
Le Magasin, Grenoble; and the Kunsthalle Bern.
French edition (ISBN 978-3-03764- 209-2) only available by les presses du réel.
Limited stock.

Artist’s books

title year editor location language
De l’adresse
2009

MER. Paper Kunsthalle

Gent, Belgium
English and French

Cet ouvrage est coédité par le Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson et MER à l’occasion de l’exposition Orion aveugle : récits avec figures projetées à la Ferme du Buisson (juin – juillet 2008) / This book is published by the Ferme du Buisson Art Centre and MER to mark the presentation of the exhibition Orion aveugle : récits avec figures projetées at the Ferme du Buisson (June  – July 2008)

Black Maria (Phenomena overwhelming conscienceness)
2008

MER. Paper Kunsthalle

Gent, Belgium
English and French
Cet ouvrage est coédité par le Parc Culturel de Rentilly et MER à l’occasion de l’exposition A Song of Opposites au Parc Culturel de Rentilly (mars 2008) / This book is published by the Parc Culturel de Rentilly and MER to mark the presentation of the exhibition A Song of Opposites at the Parc Culturel de Rentilly (March 2008)
Plinth Arrangements (from collected exhibition views)
2006

Imschoot Uitgevers

Gent, Belgium
English and French
Cet ouvrage est coédité par le Laboratoire de Création du Palais de Tokyo et Imschoot au cours de la résidence Le Pavillon (septembre 2005 - juin 2006) / This book is published by the Laboratoire de Création du Palais de Tokyo and Imschoot during the residency Le Pavillon (September 2005 - June 2006)

Artist’s contributions

Title year editor location date page language
Insert
2015

Parkett nr. 96

Zurich, Switzerland
June, 2015
 
English edition
“Dispatches,” in Public Fiction
2013

Lauren Mackler and Andrew Berardini

Los Angeles, USA
March, 2013
 
English edition
Expanded Translation (Un traité de trahison)
2011

Omar Berrada and Erik Bullot

United Arab Emirates
 
pp. 98–103
English and French
Prismatic
2010

Mouvement, no. 56

Paris, France
 
pp. 80-85
French edition
Série des séries
2009

Art21

New York, USA
March, 2009
 
English edition