Barbara Gallucci is a New York based sculptor and photographer whose work examines the intersections between Sculpture, Furniture and Interior Design; resulting in hybrid objects where the role of function collapses and compounds. Her sculptures are appropriations of Modernist icons; Corbusier, Nelson, Eames. They are critically altered, yet still functional, still providing seating for the viewer. In a recent project, commissioned by the deCordova Museum, her over-scaled beanbag topiary chairs, are scattered across a 'terraced landscape,' built of plywood and cork. The setting became a social space for viewers to rest, contemplate, converse with each other and become 'part of' the piece. This work revisits and questions the Utopian promises of mid-century Modernism and the relationship between nature, culture and consumerism.
In these designs nature is "behaving" for culture; manicured, existing for our pleasure and functioning to provide us comfort. Her UTOPIARY project is 'in nature's image', but without the muss and fuss of real life or lawn. She has exhibited extensively in New York, across the U.S. and Europe including solo exhibitions at Derek Eller Gallery in NY, and installations at Site Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Galerie Les Filles Du Calvaire in Paris, Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston.
Public Collections include the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; FRAC Museum, Brittany, France; Galerie Les Filles Du Calvaire, Paris; and Commission for Colby Museum of Art, Maine. Gallucci has received numerous reviews including New York Times, LA Times, Artforum, etc. She has received grants and fellowships from both the Pollack Krasner Foundation, the Gottleib foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She received her MFA from Yale University in 1987.