New York

Mary Mattingly

Robert Mann Gallery

In a statement posted on the wall in her recent exhibition at Robert Mann Gallery, Mary Mattingly voiced a few concerns driving her new body of work. “I think about technology,” she writes, “the constant mediator between you and me. . . . As technology expands exponentially, we will reach a point where we exist as wanderers in our own worlds, participants in simulated communities.” She goes on: “I think about mobility—how it will become necessary for us to be able to move freely with no ties to a permanent home, due to environmental changes and the necessity to participate in a global economy.”

But while Mattingly ruminates on technology and mobility, her lush, carefully crafted C-prints offer visions of a world that’s less about expansion than decline: postapocalyptic landscapes vaguely reminiscent of barren Yves Tanguy visions, in which civilization seems to have been overwhelmed by vast

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