“No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake”

“Nayland Blake has helped expand the purview of art institutions by introducing the codes and participants of subcultural communities ranging from punks to furries.”

Nayland Blake has helped expand the purview of art institutions by introducing the codes and participants of subcultural communities ranging from punks to furries. The artist’s first museum survey pays special attention to work made in San Francisco in the late 1980s and ’90s, a formative period when Blake’s engagement with the politics of queer and feminist liberation intensified through AIDS activism and reaction to the culture wars. Comprising some one hundred pieces, the show traces the evolution of his use of unorthodox materials such as food, leather constraints, and medical equipment from that time to the present.