He really does not have a definition for what he does, but visual artist Loring Cornish has been creating something from nothing for the past ten or twelve years. He has the artistic eye to take ordinary objects that he finds, shoes, jeans, glass, etc. and make them into works of art.
His preferred media are mosaics and canvas paintings. His favorite pieces are his houses covered in glass located at 2706 and 2714 Parkwood Avenue in Baltimore.
Anything is fair game when it comes to creating art. "If it comes along my path, I try to make some art out of it", says Cornish.
His start in the field is a three-fold story. He was in California and was introduced to art by a sick friend, whom he thought was dying. That friend, on his sickbed, taught him how to create mosaic art as Cornish sat at his bedside.
Later, Cornish was able to get a house that a landlord was having fixed. He asked the landlord if he could fix it up. Once he pulled back the carpeting, he found the floor was full of holes due to an infestation of termites. Cornish decided to fill up the holes in the floors with mosaic art, created from scriptures, mainly Psalms 91.
As an extra in the movie, Time Machine, Cornish remembered talking to God and saying how he wanted to worhip Him full time and not have to work a nine to five job. During this period, he continued worshipping and kept creating art, which eventually, led him to become an artist.
Cornish does not consider that he has any outside influences except his worship with God. He listens to a lot of music while working, mostly house music.
He says, "It must be the music and I'm just having a ball with my life. I'm not so religious, but I do believe in a personal relationship with God. A lot of people feel it when they come through the gallery."
His work has been exhibited in a number of places. A few, Cornish recalls are: the Getty and Vincent Price Museums in California. Locally, his work has been shown at The American Visionary Art Museum, Jewish Museum of MD, Reginald Lewis Museum of African and Cultural History, and the Banneker Douglass Museum. He also had a huge showing at Oheb Shalom and the Eubie Blake Center.
What's next for Loring Cornish? He currently has an outdoor exhibit, through September 28,2013 at the Evergreen House commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. IN addition, he is the artist-in-residence at Park School through December. Furthermore, February 14, he will be unveiling an installation for the 30th anniversary of the opening of Banneker Douglass Museum in Annapolis.
Cornish has a gallery, located at 1622 Thames St in Baltimore's Fells Point.
As with any artist, Cornish says there are some challenges. He said, "There's the drought. When that happens, you have to worry about your next meal; the challenge is to create during the down times--to create a palette for when depression hits." He is able to overcome the challenges through perseverance and by accepting the situation for what it is. "I try to get out of it the best way I know how, by facing it headon and climbing out of it as quickly as I can."
In the future, Cornish would like to have kicked off a singing career or a song show, in which he
combines his vocal skills with the art.
He advises the next generation, "If you feel it, and it doesn't interfere with or hurt or harm others, do it. No matter how outrageous it seems, you never know where it will take you."
When asked how he wants to be remembered, Cornish replied, "I was thinking about this today. I want to be remembered as a nice guy who enjoyed his life and who had a lot of faith and wanted to see his future walking with Jesus."