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Mary Mattingly, Flock, 2012, C-print, 30 x 30".

Mary Mattingly

Robert Mann Gallery

Mary Mattingly, Flock, 2012, C-print, 30 x 30".

Flock, 2012, the first of fifteen photographs in Mary Mattingly’s exhibition “House and Universe,” shows two geodesic domes set atop a raft adrift in the ocean. Like Mattingly’s Waterpod Project, 2009, and her current Triple Island, 2013, these domes, part of Flock House Project, 2012, have functioned as temporary, self-sufficient shelters in New York’s parks and plazas. Variously outfitted with hydroponic gardens, water-filtration systems, and buoys, they are public-art prototypes for the small-scale floating communities that Mattingly predicts will become our collective dystopian norm should global warming and corporate privatization continue unabated. Thus, the photograph doesn’t chronicle the Flock House domes’ past installations, but instead stitches them into a projected, distinctly Ballardian future.

As art historian (and Artforum contributor) Eva Díaz has noted, Mattingly

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