Year of the Head
Friday February 28
runs to March 18
Stella Corkery, Guru Guru, oil on canvas, 910 x 610mm, 2019
Stella Corkery enters into painting through its various critical deaths, her practice critiques the negatives like too little paint and too much, flatness and droll technique. In this new group of work made especially for Year of the Head at Olga Gallery Stella has worked with a memory of times with musical friends when she lived and worked in Dunedin and Port Chalmers during the 1980’s. A first listen of a cassette tape of the post punk band UT then looking further back into the history of the musical note, where its initial written notation began as the word UT.
Stella graduated from Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts with a BFA Honours (first class) 2012, and MFA (first class) 2013. Recent exhibitions include You Had Fun Experience, George Fraser Gallery 2019, I’ve seen Sunny Days, Goya Curtain 2018, Theme for A Science Fiction Vampire, Michael Lett 2017, Necessary Distraction: a painting show, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki 2015, Underfloor Heating, Gloria Knight 2014 and Freedom Farmers: New Zealand artists growing ideas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki 2013.
Stella currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.