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Nayland Blake, Tool Box Again, 2012, nylon banner, ribbon, LOVE candle, faux candle with electric bulb, 15' x 24' x 4' 6".

Nayland Blake

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts/ Gallery Paule Anglim

Nayland Blake, Tool Box Again, 2012, nylon banner, ribbon, LOVE candle, faux candle with electric bulb, 15' x 24' x 4' 6".

Get together, reuse, remember, give something away: These are feel-good values, even if rubber bondage masks may be among the souvenirs. Nayland Blake’s recent pair of shows played ebulliently with innuendo. But “FREE!LOVE!TOOL!BOX!,” a group of interlocking installations at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, really did mean to proffer a tool kit for sustaining communal pleasures. Running concurrently at Gallery Paule Anglim, a miniretrospective—comprising just four works—was titled “Not Drowning, Waving.” Twenty-six years into his career and counting, Blake inverts Stevie Smith’s darkly comic 1957 poem on isolation and death (“Not Waving but Drowning”) to express a comically dark affirmation of survival and saying hi.

“FREE!LOVE!TOOL!BOX!” was organized as five “stations,” though the exhibition checklist identified fourteen named parts, and it felt like even more. The

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