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Kelly Kristin Jones: Rib Of Disaster

Elevate at 21c Chicago: September 1 – October 31, 2022
Opening reception with the Artist: September 1, 6:00-7:30pm
Plinths for the People Activation: October 2022

Kelly Kristin Jones’s photo-based interventions and counter monuments unsettle well-worn imperial attributes to consider alternative vocabularies. Time-based, collaborative and still works operate by blocking prevailing “master” narratives. Each action embraces the efforts to remove, reinterpret, and restore the landscape. Addressing the slipperiness of both medium and myth, photographic interruptions highlight problematic relationships around public space and memory.

Please join us for the opening reception of Kelly Kristin JonesRib of disaster on September 1 from 6:00-7:30pm. The artist will be present and will speak about the work at 6:30pm in Gallery 3.

Kelly Kristin Jones creates photo-based interventions and counter monuments to unsettle well-worn imperial attributes and consider alternative histories. Time-based, collaborative and still works operate by blocking a prevailing “master” narrative. Each action embraces the efforts to remove, reinterpret, and restore landscape. Addressing the slipperiness of both medium and myth, her planned interruptions highlight problematic relationships around public space and memory.

Born and raised on the westside of Chicago, Jones received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including a 2021 Illinois Arts Council Agency Grant, a 2019 Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH residency, LATITUDE residency, and Luminarts Cultural Foundation Project Grant. Her project, Plinths for the People, was featured in the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Elevate at 21c presents temporary exhibitions of works by artists living and working in the communities surrounding each 21c Museum Hotel Chicago. Elevate provides hotel guests and visitors with unique access to the work of notable regional artists, while featuring their work in the context of 21c’s contemporary art space.

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