new-york

Barbara Zucker

112 Greene Street

For several years Barbara Zucker has used the Hachi Ho, or “Eight Treasures,” benevolent symbols used to decorate Chinese ceramics, as a source for some of her sculpture. Although they have a consistent geometric/organic formal vocabulary, each time she uses one of them it’s manifestly different from earlier usages. One wouldn’t know the same source is involved. In her previous show she took the “Dragon Pearl,” a disc entwined with a line, produced it as a hand-sized module of pale green hydrocal and cheesecloth, and distributed 136 of these over a wall. Their repetitiveness was an environmental equivalent of the way they occurred as a two-dimensional decorative pattern. In this show, altering both the scale and design of the original, she executed the “Two Books,” another of the “Eight Treasures.” Without prior knowledge, the derivation of these sculptures would never be identified. They

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