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Untitled, White Light Grid Series

Mary Corse

Figueroa at Wilshire
601 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017


Mary Corse used glass microspheres painted in acrylic for her artwork which is currently displayed at 601 South Figueroa. Since the early 1960s, Mary Corse has created abstract, monochromatic paintings. In 1964, she completed a group of white-on-white, shaped canvases and began painting with glass microspheres in 1968. These tiny, perfect spheres of glass refract light and make for a luminous surface that is not attainable using pigment alone.

Corse’s refined approach to projecting light from the surfaces of her paintings is extremely nuanced and variable depending not only on one’s position when viewing the work, but also on the location and intensity of the light source and the painting’s surroundings. Likewise, because the canvases redirect light rays, they alter or illuminate the space in which they hang.