Matthew Marks Gallery is pleased to announce that our next exhibition will be Stoney End, an installation of new sculpture by Nayland Blake. This will be Blake's second one-person exhibition in New York, the first having taken place in 1990. Blake has had exhibitions in the past year in London, Brussels, Warsaw and San Francisco.
The exhibition will consist of eight works made from a variety of materials including fabric, bronze, twigs, photographs and puppets. In these new works, Blake explores ideas about whiteness and blackness, not only as they relate to race, but as skin itself and how that skin determines one's identity. Blake, whose mother is white and father is black, expands upon a previous body of work which often dealt with role-playing (puppets and theatricality and sado-masochism) and asks questions about the search for identity and the notion of passing for something you are not. The exaggerated role-playing and costumes of sado-masochism and drag are for Blake another type of "skin." Pinocchio, a puppet in search of his father, as their point of departure.
Accompanying this exhibition will be the recently published book, Jerk, featuring Blake's puppet works and short fiction by Dennis Cooper.
For more information or photographs please contact Matthew Marks at (212) 861-9455.
We are located at 1018 Madison Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets.
Next exhibition: Brice Marden: New Paintings and Works on Paper