You and Me on a Sunny Day, 2014
McCorkle’s series of 135 large-scale photographs is conceived as a silent film in the form of a sequence of stills.
Rocky McCorkle is a large format photographer who wants to bring the movie experience to the museum.
McCorkle’s series of 135 large-scale photographs titled You and Me on a Sunny Day is conceived as a silent film in the form of a sequence of stills. The works, seen in order, tell the story of an elderly woman recollecting, and at times dreaming about, her deceased husband and his youth as a champion long-distance runner. All of the interior shots were made in the artist’s own San Francisco apartment, which he transformed into a complex mise-en-scène for the unfolding narrative. To complete his monumental project, McCorkle spent every Sunday for five years photographing his downstairs neighbor, Gilda Todar, in the lead role.
The astonishing clarity and richness of detail in the prints is the result of a painstaking process of shooting up to twenty-two individual high-resolution photographs for each final image, using digital technology to create a fantastically seamless montage.
Artists include: Miriam Böhm, Louise Bourgeois, Mike Brodie, John Cage, Brian Chippendale, Gardar Eide Einarsson, William Eggleston, Glen E. Friedman, Jim Goldberg, Jan Henle, David Huffman, Ed Loftus, Sister Mary Corita Kent, Mike Kuchar, Rocky McCorkle, Sean McFarland, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Lee Mullican, Jay Nelson , Clare Rojas, George Schneeman, Jim Shaw, Jack Smith, Elisabeth Sunday, Jamie Vasta, Stephen Vincent, Anna Von Mertens, Carrie Mae Weems, and David Wilson.
Every Sunday evening for five years, McCorkle, 36, brought Todar, 87, up for a photo shoot on a set that he had spent all week decorating as if it were the 1950s. It took half an hour to make one image, and the next week they did it all over again — a process slower than clay animation.
By the time the project was finished, these upstairs-downstairs strangers had a rapport that brings to mind “Harold and Maude,” and McCorkle had 135 huge prints that he could hang on a wall end to end to tell a story, starring Todar. Continued at San Francisco Chronicle
Photography from this series is in the permanent collection at the Berkeley Art Museum (BAM/PFA) and the Tweed Museum of Art.