Corydon Cowansage

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Corydon Cowansage’s disembodied forms evoke a sense of discomfort, stimulation, buoyancy, the maternal, and the sublime. Her fibrous shapes are suspended within the frame, forming a harnessed restraint that interacts with the wavy and bent bodies, as they come to a sharp, tantalizing point. There is a moment of pain, both uncomfortable and awkward, as plump, fleshy forms contort themselves into configurations or stretch out to just barely graze each other’s tingling tips. These articulations of structures sometimes find themselves duplicated, whether by a conscious decision or complete coincidence. The viewer is only allotted a particular crop of this vision, generating further delusions about the spatial nature of these objects, as they perpetually float and meld together within the confines of the substrate.   

Corydon Cowansage (b. 1985 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) lives and works in New York. She received an MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and a BA in art from Vassar College in 2008. She has participated in residencies at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Yale Norfolk School of Art. Cowansage’s work has been shown internationally with recent solo and group exhibitions in Belgium, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom.


show at kaufmann repetto

tenderize, 2023, solo show at kaufmann repetto new york

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Born in 1985, in Philadelphia. She lives and works in New York.

selected solo and two-person exhibitions

tenderize, kaufmann repetto, New York

Where Forever Begins, Andrea Festa Fine Art, Rome
Seed, Sean Horton, New York

CHART, New York

Koki Arts, Tokyo
Curvy, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond

Dwell, 17 Essex, New York
Creeper, Deli Projects, Basel


selected group exhibitions

PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp

Pattern Recognition, Sperone Westwater, New York
Landscape, Taymour Grahne Projects, London
Young Americans, PM/AM, London
Gado Gado, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp
Garden, Ladies Room LA (online), Los Angeles
Spiraling, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond
The Entelechians, curated by Rob Thomas and Eric Suwall, Ruschman Gallery, Chicago

, Y2K Group, New York
Desire and Anxiety, G/ART/EN, Como

Home Alone, curated by Jacqueline Cedar, Good Naked, Brooklyn
Highlight, Hollis Taggart, New York

Re_Arrange, Juxtapoz Projects at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City
Afire, Skylab, Columbus
When Geometry Smiles, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn
Color We’ll, Barney Savage, New York

Windowsill, Mountain, Brooklyn
First Year, 17 Essex, New York
The Structure of Things, Islip Art Museum, East Islip

Stone Soup Nasty, Orgy Park, Brooklyn

AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx

Salon Show, Regina Rex / (harbor), New York
Detail Oriented, James Graham & Sons, New York
Gravity, Projekt722, Brooklyn
The Woodpile, John Bianchi Studio, Brooklyn, new york

Against Nature, James Graham & Sons, New York
Surface Intentions, Harbor, Brooklyn

Almost Famous, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond

MFA, Painting, RISD

BA, Studio Art, Vassar College



AIM Residency, Bronx Museum of the Arts

Yale Norfolk School of Art, Yale University


grant and awards

W.K. Rose Fellowship, Vassar College

Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale University

hyperallergic, 2023

artribune, 2022

art savvy, 2018

art of choice, 2018

artnews, 2016

hyperallergic, 2016