Baltimore, b.1993

Corey Wash

Corey Wash lives and works in New York City.

Artist COREY WASH works across a diverse range of media as she explores the ideas evolving around environment, culture, and identity today. Her work has been featured in Bedford and Bowery, Whitewall, Glass, Nylon, Office, Document, i-D, High Snobiety, and many, many more. Notable collectors include Slick Woods (model).

As comfortable behind the camera as in front of it, Corey initially moved to NYC in 2011 to pursue a career in photography and modeling. Working alternately as artist and subject, she became inspired to express the liminal space between these experiences as she moved from photography into media like painting and drawing. In a palette reminiscent of papel picado (Mexican party banners), the artist began filling notebooks, wood panels and canvasses...

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Biography

Corey Wash lives and works in New York City.

Artist COREY WASH works across a diverse range of media as she explores the ideas evolving around environment, culture, and identity today. Her work has been featured in Bedford and Bowery, Whitewall, Glass, Nylon, Office, Document, i-D, High Snobiety, and many, many more. Notable collectors include Slick Woods (model).

As comfortable behind the camera as in front of it, Corey initially moved to NYC in 2011 to pursue a career in photography and modeling. Working alternately as artist and subject, she became inspired to express the liminal space between these experiences as she moved from photography into media like painting and drawing. In a palette reminiscent of papel picado (Mexican party banners), the artist began filling notebooks, wood panels and canvasses with cartoons depicting her interior life.

Taken together, Corey’s bitingly funny pictures form a cartoon-scape of contemporary concern. While much of Wash’s work is autobiographical, her gender/race non-specific character, Willoughby, is not a direct stand in for the artist – rather, Willoughby channels the many human characters Corey encounters in her life. In scenes which seem to cut through reality, Willoughby and his friends consider the complicated business of saving humanity from threats like global warming, racism, misogyny, ignorance and poverty.

In the tradition of artists like Red Grooms and David Shrigley, the doodle realm illustrated in Wash’s work serves as a lightly veiled caricature of the world we live in today. But here in the artist’s universe, characters confess thoughts and feelings they’d be more likely to Google or tell their therapist than say to someone’s face. Whether she draws a single figure on a sheet of construction paper or fills an oversize canvas with characters spilling out of comic-style windows – the artist’s unfettered honesty, sharp wit, and thoughtful restraint animate scenes capable of instantly captivating the viewer. In contrast to the veritable media frenzy we experience daily in contemporary life, Corey’s work has the uncanny ability to immediately capture the viewer’s attention and direct our focus inwards.

Through her characters’ confessional nature, the artist appeals to our humanity while revealing and an age of anxiety perhaps unparalleled in human history. Today, headlines in hyperbole clog our inboxes and newsfeeds. As we scroll unblinkingly on, we absorb reports of innumerable horrors while trying to emotionally, intellectually, and logistically cope with the realities they announce. In thought and speech bubbles which read like snappy Instagram captions, Willoughby and his pals give us a glimpse into the effects of a rapidly changing world on a generation attempting to move forward into an ever uncertain political, environmental, and technological future. By connecting to our inner lives, Corey’s work succeeds in producing moments of selfconsciousness, introspection, and thoughtfulness in the viewer and in so doing – provides the fertile psychological ground required to heal this planet, ourselves, and each other.

Written by Allison Barker

Artworks

9

Where It All Started, 2019

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21st Century Art / American Art / Animation/Cartoon/Comic Books / Art of the 2010s / Baltimore / Bright Colors / Cartoonish/Fictitious Characters / Charcoal / Contemporary American Art / Daily Life Experience / Film/Video Art / Human Nature/Existence / Introspection/Meditation / Mixed Media on Canvas / Mixed Media Painting / New York / Oil Paint / Oil Pastel / Oil Stick / Painting / Painting Marker / Primary Colors / Searching for Identity / Social Issues / Surrounding Environment / United States / Versatile Talents / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Conversation Derelict, ABXY Gallery, Manhattan, New York

  • 2018

    It’s a Jungle Out Here, ABXY Gallery, Manhattan, New York

  • Pockets, 0-0 LA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    (after)care, No Longer Empty, Brooklyn, New York (upcoming)

  • Neuberger Berman Celebrates Black History Month, Neuberger Berman Global Headquarters, Manhattan, New York

  • 2018

    WELCOME TO THE WONDERLAND: SHROOM ROOM, The Roadhouse, London

Collections

  • Neuberger Berman Permanent Collection

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Curriculum Vitae

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Conversation Derelict, ABXY Gallery, Manhattan, New York

  • 2018

    It’s a Jungle Out Here, ABXY Gallery, Manhattan, New York

  • Pockets, 0-0 LA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2016

    Society Sessions, curated by Bibi Bourelly, Williamsburg Savings Bank, Brooklyn, New York

  • 2013

    Night at the Cat Cave, Con Artists Gallery, Lower East Side, New York

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    (after)care, No Longer Empty, Brooklyn, New York (upcoming)

  • Neuberger Berman Celebrates Black History Month, Neuberger Berman Global Headquarters, Manhattan, New York

  • 2018

    WELCOME TO THE WONDERLAND: SHROOM ROOM, The Roadhouse, London

  • Salon de Printemps, Fabio Scalia, SoHo, New York

  • Filling in the Blanks Benefit Auction, Glen Arbor Golf Club, Bedford, New York

  • 2017

    NOW WE HERE, ABXY Gallery, Manhattan, New York

  • Art in Motion, Monticello Motor Club, Monticello, New York

  • La Dolce Vita, Fabio Scalia, SoHo, New York

  • Open Studio, in collaboration with Uzumaki, Los Angeles, CA

  • Filling in the Blanks Benefit Auction, Glen Arbor Golf Club, Bedford, New York

  • 2016

    Collection One, Mathys Sinclair for NYFW, SoHo, New York

  • 2015

    Fade to Black, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL

Collections

  • Neuberger Berman Permanent Collection