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Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler

Wolff Gallery

“Dark on That Whiteness,” a show of four related new works by the young sculptors Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler, had the fastidious tone that is virtually a prerequisite among the new generation of Conceptual artists who have come out of California Institute of the Arts. What distinguishes Ericson and Ziegler’s collaborative efforts—and, to a lesser extent, the pieces they’ve been making individually since 1980—is their unabashed continuation of deconstructive modes at a time when so many intellectually inclined artists are romancing viewers with imagery again. This duo wants it both ways, and on their own willfully modest terms, they’re succeeding.

The four works in this show (all 1987) consisted of jars of paint arranged on black metal shelves or individual brackets on the walls of a single small room, one work to a wall. The largest and most audacious piece, also entitled Dark on That

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