LILLY MCELROY – I throw myself at men.
March 14 – April 19, 2008
Opening reception March 14, 6 – 9 pm

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Lilly McElroy – I throw myself at men, a project incorporating performative photographs of Lilly going to a lot of bars where she literally throws herself at men. She uses her body as a projectile hurling herself toward strong, vulnerable hominis-cum-receptaculi waiting to catch her. Perfectly poised in a perpetual state of social awkwardness and in full possession of the ability to subvert stereotypical gender roles, McElroy poses questions concerning relationships, social connecting, sex, gender, and the desire to form relationships quickly that are both intense and long lasting. The project initially started after Lilly placed ads on Craigslist.org looking for men who would meet her blind date style in bars and allow her to throw herself at them. Simply put, Lilly’s work comes from a place where the desire to make a positive connection with another person is coupled with the full acknowledgement of one’s own separateness.

Lilly McElroy graduated the School of the Art Institute’s MFA program in photography and attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in 2006. Lilly is an internet phenomenon, easily one of the funniest performance artists alive, and recently moved to New York.

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Lilly McElroy

I throw myself at men.
March 14 - April 19, 2008
Opens March 14, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Works

I Throw Myself at Men #14

Lilly McElroy, I Throw Myself at Men #14, 2008

I Throw Myself at Men #12

Lilly McElroy, I Throw Myself at Men #12, 2008

I Throw Myself at Men #13

Lilly McElroy, I Throw Myself at Men #13, 2008

I Throw Myself at Men #2

Lilly McElroy, I Throw Myself at Men #2, 2006

I Throw Myself at Men #1

Lilly McElroy, I Throw Myself at Men #1, 2006

I Throw Myself at Men #6

Lilly McElroy, I Throw Myself at Men #6, 2006

I Throw Myself at Men #5

Lilly McElroy, I Throw Myself at Men #5, 2006

I Throw Myself at Men #3

Lilly McElroy, I Throw Myself at Men #3, 2006

I Throw Myself at Men #4

Lilly McElroy, I Throw Myself at Men #4, 2006

I Throw Myself at Men #8

Lilly McElroy, I Throw Myself at Men #8, 2006


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