PRESS RELEASE

Jackie Ferrara: recent work
September 12 – October 11, 2003

Frederieke Taylor gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent works by Jackie Ferrara, well-known American sculptor and public artist. Ferrara will exhibit a horizontal, wooden sculpture as well as a model for a proposed Reading Garden. Also on view will be drawings and photographs of a 24,000 square foot project that includes three 162 feet long brick walls for a courtyard and a plaza in Toronto, Canada.

Rooted in Post-minimalism, Ferrara's work establishes a counterpoint between real and illusory space. The artist, in her own words, is a "place maker," composing her structures with precision and reticulating proportions, following a system of carefully calibrated, mathematical sequences. Although her work is structurally rigorous, its power lies in its simplicity. As art critic Kate Linker wrote in an essay for her exhibition at the gallery in 1998: "Ferrara works with a spare syntax of forms and materials, a vocabulary of wood, granite, concrete, slate, and ceramic tiles arranged in modular sequences that belong to the creative legacy of Minimalism….Ferrara can be seen as both an addict to order and a compulsive iconoclast." Jackie Ferrara is well known for her large, public commissions, including mosaic walls at five different locations for the subway system at Grand Central Station in New York. She has designed an amphitheater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as a 43 foot high copper tower at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Ferrara frequently collaborates with landscape and building architects, and, with landscape architect Paul Friedberg, designed the award-winning "Canal Demonstration Project" along a l.5 miles stretch of the Arizona Canal in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jackie Ferrara has designed architectural projects for the Walker Art Center, General Mills Inc. in Minneapolis and Lehman College in the Bronx, New York and also recently created indoor/outdoor limited edition furniture pieces. She is the recipient of the Award for Design from the American Institute, as well as the 2001 American Society of Landscape Architects' Merit Award.

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