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OPENINGS: TRULEE HALL

Trulee Hall, Golden Corn Entryway with Boob Fountain, 2018, wood, Styrofoam, resin, papier-mâché, acrylic, aquarium pebbles, gold leaf, ceramic, recirculating water pump, carpet. Installation view, Maccarone, Los Angeles, 2019.

THE EXHIBITION’S NOBLE INGRESS was Golden Corn Entryway with Boob Fountain (all works 2018), a gold-leafed Styrofoam-and-papier-mâché cave with ten-foot-tall corn ears erect, like thighs parted to give birth, on either side of its big hole. The fake artifact recalled the monumental Siq leading to the ancient desert city of Petra in present-day Jordan, but it was also a queer tribute to Niki de Saint Phalle’s Hon, 1966. Ceramic boobs mounted like rotund stalactites on the cave’s inner walls dripped milk into fonts, which excited my baby. To quell her, I thrust her silicone minicorn teether into her mouth. This toy is like an offering to the Hopi and Diné Corn Mothers; Aztec Centeotl, the trans god of maize (born goddess, became male); and flower prince Xochipilli (reigning over flowers, maize, and the arts, he’s the flamboyant patron of male homosexuals and male prostitutes).

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