47 13/16 x 7/8 in. (121.5 x 2.2 cm)
Medium and Support:
Acrylic on plywood and pegboard
Gift of Arthur R. Miller
Location: Not currently on view
Celebrated contemporary portraitist Chuck Close wrote in 2007 that “Joe Zucker has consistently for over four decades been one of America’s most innovative artists.” Close made this statement because Zucker’s style is constantly evolving. Rooted in a quirky and often puzzling process, Zucker’s art, no matter how idiosyncratic or strange, usually reveals the thinking that went into its making. In this painting of a fish, one can see how the surface on which the image was rendered—probably a simple peg board—determined its fractured appearance. The circular holes allowed the paint to drip through, creating empty round spots. Despite this, and the round picture format, the work has a grid-like, almost digitized feeling. Style for Zucker derives more from the way paint behaves than from the look of a brushstroke.
[Gallery label text, Summer 2015]