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Barbara Gallucci

Lauren Wittels Gallery

For the past several years Barbara Gallucci has worked primarily with commercially fabricated carpet in her installations of variable dimensions. Wryly making analogies between Minimalist sculpture—particularly Robert Morris’ felt pieces—and office-building culture, she turns a passive, downtrodden material into an aggressive architectural element that rolls across floors at odd angles, climbs up walls, or hangs from ceilings in giant loops while mapping the parallels between Minimalism and kitschy commercial design. Unlike the classics of Minimalist sculpture, which attempted to maintain a fine-art patina through monochromatic color schemes, Gallucci’s strips of pile carpet are often imprinted with stripes, checks, and honeycomb patterns reminiscent of ’70s institutional decor.

With this installation, Gallucci’s work took an unexpected turn, injecting angst as well as humor into the

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