Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler

Burnett Miller Gallery

The work of Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler is concerned with collapsing the dialectic between public and private, inside and outside, through a strategy of semiotic reconstruction. By remapping and relabeling the established cultural codes of institutions such as the family, home, and museum, Ericson and Ziegler attempt to disclose the concealed alienation and ideological base of all artificially predetermined systems, including their own. Their agent provocateur in this enterprise is language itself. In the process of estranging the domestically familiar within a public, often commercial context, and then returning it, reencoded, to its “home base,” they transform seemingly simple signs into linguistic myths, making these signs ripe, in the Barthesian sense, for further reappropriation.

In their exhibition here, entitled “The Lighting Specialists,” Ericson and Ziegler presented a series of

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