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Close Look: Corinne Jones at Tops Gallery, Memphis

Installation view of Corinne Jones: Allegory of the Unnamed Cave at Tops Gallery in Memphis. All images courtesy of Tops Gallery, Memphis.
Installation view of Corinne Jones: Allegory of the Unnamed Cave at Tops Gallery in Memphis.

The word “underground” conjures various histories beginning with the Underground Railroad, followed by WWII Resistance Movements, and resulting in postwar counterculture, characterized by subversive music, literature and film.

The work presented in ‘Allegory of the Unnamed Cave’ is both a symbolic expression and a proposition based on the question—what shape could a monument take if it is conceived as a physical space for social connectivity? The answer takes the form of a large-scale painting installation that spans the gallery walls and floors. The paintings delineate seating areas for social interaction. On top of the unstretched paintings, stacks of moving blankets provide seating that can be rearranged as needed… The scale relationship between the wavelength motifs and the quilted lines in the moving blankets is one-to-one, a reference to human scale. 

from the accompanying exhibition text
Installation view of Corinne Jones: Allegory of the Unnamed Cave at Tops Gallery in Memphis.
Installation view of Corinne Jones: Allegory of the Unnamed Cave at Tops Gallery in Memphis.
Installation view of Corinne Jones: Allegory of the Unnamed Cave at Tops Gallery in Memphis.
Installation view of Corinne Jones: Allegory of the Unnamed Cave at Tops Gallery in Memphis.
A text installation by Corinne Jones on view at Tops Gallery’s Madison Avenue Park location. The text reads, If mainstream culture comes to us as a hyperreal feedback loop, how do we act to initiate the radical possibilities expressed by way of the underground?

Corinne Jones: Allegory of the Unnamed Cave is on view at Tops Gallery in Memphis through March 14.

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