solo show at Gallery 12.26 in Dallas, TX
June 6, 2020- July 18, 2020
Once, with a blow of his [Tiresias] stick, he had disturbed two large snakes mating in the green forest, and, marvellous to tell, he was changed from a man to a woman, and lived as such for seven years. In the eighth year he saw the same snakes again and said ‘Since there is such power in plaguing you that it changes the giver of a blow to the opposite sex, I will strike you again, now.’ [S]he struck the snakes and regained his former shape, and returned to the sex he was born with.
12.26 is pleased to present Two Snakes, an exhibition of new works by Dallas-born and London-based artist Gray Wielebinski. Considering the myth of Tiresias and the two snakes, Wielebinski confronts various forms that are heavily infused with machismo and western ideas of masculinity. Iconography such as snakes, baseball cards, men’s jeans and a motorcycle vest pervade the gallery walls. Through destruction and alteration, the artist deflates and transforms (both physically and metaphorically) each form’s original purpose.