Color and wonderment is a consistent threadthroughout my work. A wide-ranging influence of styles in art, photography, andfashion combined with traditional, and pop culture influence my perspective.Through the lens, I create strange beauty and satire, eliciting emotional andsocial responses. Frozen in time through photography, the work becomes a windowinto a fantastic dream world, with hints of my reality, to draw an audienceinto my world.
I find myself inspired largely by my daughter, whoserves as a constant muse in my art, and reminds me that everyday is anopportunity to offer a fresh viewpoint into my work. She appears in my images,as well as other close friends and relatives, to support an advancement of mypersonal circle.
The sets and locations are installations and aplatform for performance art, constructed and carefully orchestrated solelyby myself. The addition of characters, similarly, adds spontaneouscollaboration to my images. In the end, my portraits result in a unique form ofhuman expression.
These photographs are taken simultaneously with my other photographicprojects and have thus evolved into a single, separate series. Thesepictures give me the inspiration and the motivation for the others.
I’ve always found street life, neighborhoods and communitiesso stimulating; and, the man-kind interaction just as wonderful. Man hascreated this environment that has become our playground, and he/she performswithin it. Paying attention to thedetail, with respect to our surroundings, permits us this type ofparticipation.
A desire to capture creative compositionled me to immerse my images with color and flavor of my diverse and eccentricimagination in an attempt to leave the viewer with a memory, essentially, a ‘surreal souvenir’.
This process involves a sort of treasure huntof interesting backdrops: thecreation of elaborate sets paired with the art of costume design. The main elements are designed andcarefully placed as part of the story creating strange beauty and satire, allto elicit emotional and social responses. The images contrast the traditional with the contemporary. It is clear that I have as much funmaking them as I propose the spectator to have viewing them.
Stop and Smell the Roses
I’m home. Or am I?
Thirteen years later and not much is as I remembered it. My childhood memories had literally faded and were being bulldozed before my eyes.
Do we no longer find beauty in the past? Is bigger always better?
Gentrification and contemporary change drive out and ultimately extinct the distinctive characters nostalgic structures that make these cultural pockets desirable in the first place.
I created this documentary project as a visual time capsule. This series of images allows me to hold on to what I find familiar, before it is no longer there. It is a kitschy exploration of lowbrow culture, which celebrates a unique community with fast vanishing cityscapes, and reminds the viewer to Stop and Smell the Roses.
2001 Major in Photography - Santa Monica College, California
“Corey Grayhorse: Artificial Memories”, dnj Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Old & New”, dnj Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Untitled”, Venice Art Crawl, Venice, CA
“The Faces of America”, dnj Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Untitled”, White Electric, Rhode Island
“Claude Cahun and After”, dnj Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Locally Made: Surreal Souvenir”, RISD Museum of Art, Rhode Island
“NetWorks”, The Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island
"New Mythologies II", The Candita Clayton Gallery, Rhode Island
"Artificial Memories", Craftland Gallery, Rhode Island
"Untitled", Stories Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"New Mythologies", Candita Clayton Gallery, Rhode Island
"Dream Works", AS220, Rhode Island
Alissa Darsa Exhibit Review “Must See Art Guide: Los Angeles”, ArtNet News
Greg Cooke Exhibit Review “The Land of Make Believe”, The Phoenix April Issue, Directory of Photography “Mercury Dime”, Death Vessel, SubPop Records
Interview/Photo spread, “Carnvial Kids” series; PHOTO+ Magazine, Korea, August IssueDocumentary feature on PBS. “NetWorks 2011-2012 Artist Documentaries”; NetWorks
Bill Van Siclen Exhibit Review, “New Mythologies”; The Providence Journal, May IssueArtist review, “Top 100 things of 2010”;The Phoenix, January Issue
Greg Cooke Exhibit Review, “The Surreal World”
Corey Grayhorse currently works as both a visual artist and as a Gallery Manager. Her photographs have been exhibited in various locations throughout the country, and have been featured in several publications, including“Photo+Magazine” and a PBS Mini Series Documentary “Networks”.
"Upon Inspection", dnj Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 5, 2016 - Feb 4, 2017