Thursday, October 16, 2014

Art in America Print Review/Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler

According to the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places, almost every county in the United States has registered at least one locale as a "historic place worthy of preservation." Producing a body of work that often investigated the aesthetic ordinances applied to historic districts, American artists Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler's collaborative practice lasted for nearly two decades, until Ericson's death in 1995. A recent exhibition at Perrotin comprised a two-floor mini-retrospective of sorts—offering what could be culled from their often temporary, site-specific projects. Alongside such objects as a caravan of toy trucks carrying marble shards and a pile of plywood scraps, the most gallery-friendly works were sculptures featuring the artists' signature sandblasted jars and large-scale drawings that often prefigure or document their public projects.