Artist Spotlight: Rocky McCorkle

Friday night I went to the Berkeley Art Museum and was pleased to discover this new-to-me artist. The work combines technical mastery using over 30 combined 8×10 images to make one final print as well as playful exploration with a long time neighbor in her starring role. See more of his work online or visit the Berkeley Art Museum to see one of his original prints.

About his work: Rocky McCorkle’s You & Me On A Sunny Day is a feature length non-motion picture comprised of 135 large scale photographic stills. A five year project started in 2007, McCorkle’s sequential series follows the life of 84 year-old widow Millie Holden as her everyday routine gets run off course by a reminiscent 1950’s movie marathon. From the deepest folds of memory, flashbacks of her late husband propel her into a vivid narrative that gets stranger and more claustrophobic with each turn. Based on Millie’s own experience of an event centered elsewhere, You & Me is a psychological thriller about the malleability of memory and the impact that fictional media has on her way of life.

Echoing the big screen, the exhibition prints are 40” x 80″. Each photograph’s rich color and clarity reveal a technical prowess hidden behind McCorkle’s compelling aesthetic. The entire body of work was shot with a Cambo 8 x 10 camera using a specific combination of chrome and negative film. Shooting and scanning thousands of sheets of film, McCorkle digitally assembled the high resolution images—upwards of 22 in a single still—into unique full focus photomontages. With You & Me On A Sunny Day, McCorkle has created an emotionally charged counterpoint to modern day cinema.

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