Mary Walling Blackburn

Mary Walling Blackburn




Genre: prints
photo: Beryl Bevilacque / CCA Wattis Institute
E% is a newly commissioned work and performance by artist Mary Walling Blackburn by Art in General, New York in partnership with Swimming Pool to take place in July and August in Sofia.



For a hundred years, the sermon chart - an American folk form - served as a preacher’s graphic aid and was executed by the preacher on bed sheets; the charts were pinned to altars or tied with rope to trees. Mary Walling Blackburn has researched and explored the sermon chart as visual and performative object since 2012, generating charts that draw from experience and texts onto her family’s beds sheets; diagrams that are anti-patriarchal, anarchist and non-functional. In her new commission the artist explores this space, creating a collaboratively-made chart specific for the context of Swimming Pool and using it as the score for a musical performance, with a number of previous charts made by Walling Blackburn also on view. E% is her first international solo exhibition that opens on July 15th with a discussion with Mary, curator Laurel Ptak and Swimming Pool's director Viktoria Draganova (at 19:00) and a musical performance featuring the charts (at 20:30).



 

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