Michael Corris

American Fine Arts

Michael Corris’ typographic compositions have shown up regularly in group shows over the past several seasons. Operating as witty mnemonics, his arrangements often took on polemical resonance in relation to the seamless field of new objects against which they were presented. Like the acerbic friend you can’t take anywhere but do, despite your better judgment, these works couldn’t keep their mouths shut. Corris’ graphically elegant manipulations of appropriated and original texts persistently veered in the direction of complexity, tactlessly drawing attention to the historical evasions that facilitate successive art fads.

Corris has spent much of his career baiting artistic convention and negotiating the tricky territory between complicity and critique. At the end of the ’70s he abandoned the collaborative cultural activism that had engaged him for nearly a decade as a member of the artists’

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