Korenman has pursued photography professionally since 2004. An emerging fine art photographer, Korenman also works with private and corporate clients. In his Proserpine Path Series, Korenman reinterprets the myth of Proserpine (Persephone), metaphorically exploring our present day culture of abundance and excess through hauntingly beautiful imagery. Looking into what he considers the darker side of flowers, Korenman began this body of work by creating shadowy photographs of figures, presumably dead, trapped under thousands of blooms. The fakeness of the flowers enhance the idea of identity and true beauty being shunned or even killed by the falseness in our lives. Moved by dramatic and foreboding images by painters such Edward Hopper and Julie Heffernan, as well as by imagery from movies such as "Melancholia" and "The Fountain”, Korenman started to push the theme further, using masked figures created by artist, Huckleberry Delsignore. He explored the role of flowers in mythology and became intrigued by the Greek myth of Persephone (Roman: Proserpine). She was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the harvest and wife of Hades (the king of the underworld). Drawn to the myth as a metaphor for decisions we make in life today, Korenman equated the story to our culture's insatiable attraction to beauty and nimiety, which can lead us to darker realms. Korenman continues to explore these social issues, and can be seen re-interpreted in new bodies of work such as “Ye Are God’s Buildings” and “Grana”.
Eric Korenman, holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a MD from Cornell University. His recent exhibitions have been at the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Massachusetts; The Print Center, Philadelphia; Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Lenox, MA; Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY and the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA. His editorial work includes publication in Art in America.
Ye Are God's Building