Courtney Childress lives and works in New York, NY. She received her MFA from S.U.N.Y. at Purchase College, Purchase, NY (2012) and her BFA from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (2008). Recent group exhibitions include Summer Anagram at Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Line Up at Ess Ef Eff, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Colors at Louis B. James Gallery, New York, NY (2015); Mingled Bodies, curated by Jovana Stokic at Vanity Projects, Miami, FL and New York, NY (2015); Art Basel Muwkonago at Bahamas Biennale Gallery, WI (2014) Four Lives, curated by Keri Oldham at Field Projects, NY (2013); Funny at Weeknights, Brooklyn, NY (2013); Eight Degrees at Lu Magnus, New York, NY (2012).
Courtney Childress works with personal yet ordinary materials, bringing objects out of the periphery and into focus. Carpet, in particular, carries its own history of use. There’s no denying this past – it is inherently gross and impossible to clean. The work aims to stir up an individual’s memories of making a mess on carpet. Childress relies on the viewer’s ability to read texture and surface with their eyes. Most people can recall the feeling of carpet underfoot; that knowledge and an understanding of the tactility of paint transcend the normal experience of viewing a painting. The result is work that is fun and sometimes dark and messy, but always with a bit of humor.