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.

Tony Hawk Foundation Live Auction, 2016 - You and Me on a Sunny Day 12/135 Edition 1/3, 40 x 80 inches (101.6 x 203.2 cm) C-print

Tony Hawk Foundation
Live Auction, 2016 - You and Me on a Sunny Day 12/135
Edition 1/3, 40 x 80 inches (101.6 x 203.2 cm) C-print

 
To complete his monumental ‘You and Me on a Sunny Day’ project, McCorkle spent every Sunday for five years photographing his downstairs neighbor, Gilda Todar (1927—2017), in the lead role.
— Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)
 
Rocky McCorkle, United States, born 1978 You and Me on a Sunny Day 109/135 Edition 1/3, 40 x 80 inches (101.6 x 203.2 cm) C-print Berkeley Art Museum purchase: Bequest of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, by exchange 2012.13

Rocky McCorkle, United States, born 1978
You and Me on a Sunny Day 109/135
Edition 1/3, 40 x 80 inches (101.6 x 203.2 cm) C-print
Berkeley Art Museum purchase: Bequest of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, by exchange 2012.13

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.

Gilda and Rocky, 'At The Edge: Recent Acquisitions' Berkeley Art Museum (BAM/PFA)  Berkeley, CA, 2012

Gilda and Rocky, 'At The Edge: Recent Acquisitions'
Berkeley Art Museum (BAM/PFA) 
Berkeley, CA, 2012

An Octogenarian model, a make-believe world, and an artist’s big vision.
— Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle


Every Sunday evening for five years, McCorkle brought Todar (1927—2017) 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.