Michael Corris

Genovese Gallery

Michael Corris has created a series of provocative pieces here that suggest a departure from his recent layered images of bar graphs. The focal piece of this show, entitled “Reading by Candlelight,” was Marxism and Problems of Linguistics, 1989. The work consists of 11 bundles of shingles that serve as the base for a silver candelabra and a copy of a text by Stalin; the latter is embedded in colored wax and mounted on a wood block. The paraffin which covers the pamphlet is joined with strings that serve as wicks and transform the object into a votive candle. The wood shingles act as both platform and pyre. Various treatises on cultural imperialism are also embedded in paraffin and beeswax in the other pieces here. These pamphlets are subversive instruments which, as candles, become objects of contemplation and enlightenment.

The Ideal Library, 1989, combines five pamphlets mounted on wood

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