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Innovative Photography Exhibit to open 2019-20 Season at the Grand

You and Me on a Sunny Day – A Non-Motion Picture by Rocky McCorkle

Posted: Sep 3, 2019

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts opens the 2019-20 Season with the exhibition, You and Me on a Sunny

Day – A Non-Motion Picture by Rocky McCorkle. The exhibition is on display from September 14 through October 26, 2019, in
the GWF Energy and Souza Galleries. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A
Gallery Talk with the artist will be held on Saturday, October 5, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The exhibition, Opening Reception, and
Gallery Talk are free and open to the public.
You and Me on a Sunny Day presents an innovative series of large-format photographs exploring the life, dreams, and memories
of 88-year-old Gilda Todar, a neighbor of the artist in San Francisco. Photographer Rocky McCorkle created a narrative and
conceived a silent film featuring Ms. Todar in a sequence of built environments within his Tenderloin apartment. The highresolution
detail in the prints are a result of a painstaking process of focus, stacking up to 22 individual 8x10-inch film negatives
for each final plate, using digital technology to create a fantastically seamless montage. The outcome of this extensive project is
a thoughtful and emotional telling of Gilda’s life story within an exhibit that transcends traditional photography into a dimensional
experience.
Rocky McCorkle was born and raised in Ohio, and currently resides Campbell, California. He received a BFA from Ohio State
University in Photography, and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in Photography. Mr. McCorkle has received numerous
awards including recent accolades from SFMOMA and Review Santa Fe, and has been exhibiting professionally since 2005. He
is currently working on his next large format series of photographic works.
Artist, Rocky McCorkle states, “My non-motion pictures are conceived as a silent film in the form of a sequence of stills. To
complete this project, I spent nearly every Sunday for five years photographing my downstairs neighbor, Gilda Todar (1927–
2017), in the lead role. In the exhibition, larger than life photographs will encircle and pull you through the space. Ultimately,
each viewer has control over the pace and sequencing of the narrative, creating an emotional experience like no other.”

About the Exhibitions Program and the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts is a unique interdisciplinary arts center offering professional and community-based fine
arts programming through arts education, exhibitions, and performances of all kinds. The Center, owned and operated by the
City of Tracy, hosts over 50,000 visitors per year, and is currently in its thirteenth season of programming. The Grand
Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) fundraising and community partner of the facility.
The Exhibitions Program offers combinations of professionally produced exhibitions and visual arts-based events featuring local,
regional, national, and international artists, as well as arts educators and organizations in all disciplines and genres.
Programming is developed to include educational and interactive components such as demonstrations, gallery talks, receptions,
residencies, and workshops. Exhibitions are displayed in the Grand Galleries across the historic storefronts on Central Avenue.
Free parking is available on nearby streets and public parking lots at 6th Street. Patron drop-off and pick-up is conveniently
available at the loading zone on Central Avenue. Tours are available. Private Gallery Talks can be arranged.
The Center is accessible to persons with disabilities. All patrons are asked to call ahead to address special requests and needs
at (209) 831-6858.
Public hours for the Grand Galleries are Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Galleries are closed during the month of August and in between feature exhibitions. Featured
exhibitions are presented in the GWF Energy and Souza Family Galleries. Art Co-Opted in the South Gallery features over 30
artists and lenders. Exhibitions are open to the public.
To arrange a facility tour, visit online at atthegrand.org, or call Patron Services at the Leona Darr Willis Box Office at
209.831.6TKT (6858).
Enclosure: Image from the exhibition
hoto Credit:
You and Me on a Sunny Day, 109/135, C-Print, by Rocky McCorkle
Image Courtesy of the Artist – All Rights Reserved
Rocky McCorkle is available for interviews: rockymccorkle@gmail.com
Media Contact:
William F. Wilson II, Cultural Arts Manager – Visual Arts
Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
715 Central Avenue Tracy, CA 95376
(209) 831-6299
william.wilson@ci.tracy.ca.us
-COT
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