"Wall Works" with artist Bari Zipperstein

SMMoA's biannual "Wall Works" program pairs up with artist Bari Ziperstein to transform an ordinary hallway into a site-specific installation of an imaginary store called Zippy's Nicknacks, Tonics, and Magical Gadgets. Local K-12 students use such materials as boxes, string, markers, and collaged paper to create a fantastical inventory - various magical gadgets solve social issues, tonics cure rainy day blues, and nicknacks embody whimsical stories. Zippy's Nicknacks, Tonics, and Magical Gadgets reinterprets the retail setting to cause a delightful disorientation.

Ziperstein's inspiration comes from Claes Oldenburg's iconic The Store from 1961, where the artist made sculptures inspired by everyday commodities and sold them to the public in a specially conceived shop. For "Wall Works," a trompe l'oeil wall painting by Ziperstein will depict the store in 2-D and will showcase the students' 3-D handmade products.

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