Sala Diaz

Mary Walling Blackburn: ♂ Anti-Fertility Garden

January 16 - February 22, 2015

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday 2PM-7PM


Out front: a garden containing plants alleged to cause sterility in men, including neem, papaya, and myrtle. Inside the galley: drawings, sculpture and video, similarly saturated with political vitriol, harsh laughter and, somehow, tenderness. Some objects are relics of old interventions, some propose new or impossible realities and most of them profane the concepts they touch. Genitals abound, but they aren’t what they seem: this cock is milk…these balls are a goddess…this cake is a grave. - Rafael Kelman



Mary Walling Blackburn works and lives in Dallas and New York City. Her concurrent work at SculptureCenter (Long Island City) entangles ivory, sister rivalry, poetry and penetration. Recent projects and publications include a free, downloadable pro-choice children’s book published by e-flux journal and the “Extra Earth Analog,” a compendium of critical reflections and images on the strangest stranger, published by Pastelegram. Later this year she will attend the Headlands Residency in San Francisco, and perform at Beta Local in Puerto Rico.

This exhibition was organized by Laurence Miller, with additional support by Rafael Kelman + Urso Blackburn.


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Speculative Reconstructions of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Lost Ivory Dildo, (working drawings 2011-2015); Courtesy of Sculpture Center, NY

From series David Meet Paul (David Hamilton Ballet Images Reconfigured), 2013-2015; Print; pastel, walnut oil, tape, cardboard

Anti-Fertility Garden, 2015. Performance; hot tub, fire, anti-fertility soap


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