New York

Jackie Ferrara

A.M. Sachs Gallery

Jackie Ferrara’s recent works—apart from their iconographic meanings—forcefully demonstrate elementary methods of building. Stairways, towers, and pyramids are assembled from modular units. The process is additive and archaizing. As in Egyptian pyramids, stacking is primary. In most of her work, there is no disguise of the support; the work itself is embodied support.

Ferrara’s materials are wood, canvas, cardboard, cotton batting—which covers all the surfaces—and glue. In 2x4 Tower, 2“ x 4” pieces of wood are cut into equal 21" lengths. The equal, bricklike units, the tactility of her preferred materials (especially cotton batting), and her emphasis on artisanlike, repetitive action relates Ferrara to a craft tradition that informed much of her earlier production. For several years she was involved in making small, fetish-like objects. A subsequent formal consciousness resulted in more

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