Corey Escoto’s collage-like, photographic prints and sculptures combine automated and jury-rigged processes, producing works that set the two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds in counter-relief. Escoto modifies and manipulates cameras (they're loaded with discontinued Fuji Color FP-100c45 Polaroid film) by adding handmade stencils and filters. With these custom-built apparatuses, Escoto creates layered multiple-exposure images that combine photography’s analog process with the aesthetic suggestion of digital intervention, turning point-and-shoot photography into an investigation of the natural and the simulated, real and fake, and the permanent and the disposable. The artist’s three-dimensional sculptures further this process of perplexity, translating the illusory volumetric forms depicted in the photographs into real three-dimensional structures that are defiantly precise, despite their contrived origins.
Escoto was born in 1983 in Amarillo, Texas. He received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2008, he was one of three artists selected to participate in the Great Rivers Biennial at St. Louis’s Contemporary Art Museum. His work was also included in the 2007 Texas Biennial and has been shown in numerous international exhibitions. Escoto lives and works in Pittsburgh.