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Marlene McCarty: Into the Weeds

UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts
October 5, 2019 – February 1, 2020

Opening reception:
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6-8pm at UB Art Gallery, CFA

Artist brunch:
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 11am–1pm at UB Art Gallery, CFA

Silo City
85 Silo City Row
Buffalo, NY 14203
October 5, 2019 – ongoing

Garden and Site Walk:
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 3:30-5pm

Opening reception:
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 5-7pm

Marlene McCarty: Into the Weeds is a multi-faceted project by the Brooklyn-based artist who has worked across various media throughout her decades-long practice. For her presentation in Buffalo, McCarty has turned to plants to affirm ways to not only survive but thrive in toxic conditions. At once poisonous and healing and used by women historically to maintain their sexual and reproductive health, Mugwort, Queen Anne’s lace, and jimson weed are a few of the plants that have become both subject and material in this new project.At UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, McCarty presents a large-scale drawing installation in which these plants are depicted in complex compositions using meticulous graphite and ballpoint pen lines. The drawings are accompanied by an installation of seedlings under grow lights, and a large mound of soil that will be home to a variety of potent plants under the gallery’s skylight.To extend the project outside of the gallery walls, McCarty with the support of the Arts Collaboratory has partnered with Silo City to create the artist’s first public art. 45 feet in diameter, McCarty’s living earthwork is a garden of poisonous plants. This addition to the Silo City’s landscape will be entrusted to their long-term care.Award-winning writer Jennifer Kabat was invited to compose an original essay, which was informed by the scholarly work on contemporary and historic Haudenosaunee relationship to the site by Dr. Alyssa Mt. Pleasant from UB Department of Transnational Studies. At both sites, visitors will receive a newsprint publication of Kabat’s essay and narrative description of the plants used in McCarty’s earthwork.

Image, top right: Marlene McCarty, Invocation, Mutton, Escutcheon with Chevron, Rosary Pea, Body Odor, Benediction and All the Good They’d Do, 2019. Ballpoint pen and graphite on paper, 94 x 70.5 inches.  Courtesy of the artist.