Christine Corday combines the sciences with the fine arts to create a unique body of work that investigates the very stuff and definition of space and the universe. Her site-specific installation at CAM—Corday’s first solo show exhibited inside a museum—is anchored by RELATIVE POINTS, a twelve-piece installation of monumental works as well as the debut of a new hybrid, large-scale painting series, Primer Grey, Centers for Gravity. Each of the RELATIVE POINTS is fashioned through a cold-cast process, combining elemental metal shavings, metalloids, and silica with a binder. Eleven of the works will be placed in the gallery in a “non-random constellation” designed by the artist. One will sit outside, directly on the sidewalk. The sculptures have various levels of permanence—some of the surfaces will eventually change shape and slough off or even crumble as a consequence of invited visitor interaction throughout the show’s duration. Several of the RELATIVE POINTS will contain a binder that will allow them to live on in perpetuity. No matter what the construction and life of the works, Corday is insistent that each be handled, touched—even climbed upon—by viewers, underscoring the importance of the human body in completing the work of art.
Christine Corday is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Lisa Melandri, Executive Director.