(Art History, Professional Practices, Foundations, Director of the Nightingale Gallery)
I’m a collage maker for much the same reason I’m a curator – I love images. This affection has led me to collect remnant imagery; the largely ignored and seemingly inconsequential bits of ephemera that once had a purpose, still have a presence, but now idle in disuse. I combine, layer, juxtapose, glue, tape and re-contextualize these bits and pieces of detritus in order to reincarnate and recharge them. Through the process of collage these snippets of the past combine to become at once something fresh and familiar. They both exemplify and explore the duality that is the transient, disposable nature of our culture as well as the necessity to create tradition and solidify a cultural continuity.
Cory W. Peeke received his BFA in Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design and his MFA from the University of Idaho. He has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group exhibits throughout the U.S. and his work was also recently exhibited at the Kaunas Biennial in Kaunas, Lithuania. His work has also been published in Mein schwules Auge 8, Konkursbuch of Berlin as well as the Monongahela Review and Creative Quarterly. His works are included in the permanent collections of Eastern Oregon University, Lockhaven University, the Solara-Simpson Housing Group and the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction. He is represented by Gallery I M A in Seattle, Washington.