Corey McCorkle

Corey McCorkle’s 2016 installation Pendulum is developed around the Cavendish family and their role in importing bananas to Europe. Cavendish bananas were named after William Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire. In 1834, Cavendish received a shipment of bananas from Mauritius, and developed these bananas in the greenhouses of Chatsworth House with his gardener Sir Joseph Paxton, and were later given to missionary John Williams to take to Samoa. In combining the colonial history of the Cavendish banana that has become the most consumed banana in the western world, and the history of the pendulum, a device used to measure human movement through time, length and gravity, McCorkle’s Pendulum evokes the past and the present in an intervention bound to decay.

Described as a ‘spatial interventionist’, Corey McCorkle is a New York-based artist and trained architect, working in photography, architectural interventions, sculpture, installations, and films. He is interested in the utopian ideas of nature and transcendence, developed often as a response to an invitation to intervene in a specific site. In studying and responding to a space, McCorkle’s practice seeks to disrupt, mutate, manipulate or enhance the environment of his interventions. McCorkle has exhibited extensively internationally in solo and group exhibitions and biennials, most notably at La Biénnale de Montréal; Hermès Foundation, Brussels; Centre Pompidou; and the Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp.