Works > Material Permutations

Nicole Herbert disrupts the routine experience of the mundane by drawing attention to context and experimenting with materials and scale. In the gallery setting of her split installation Material Permutations, she first measured the walls as well as the hidden and visible structural supports. She then applied various ratios to build corners, a door, and I-beams from paper, papier maché, Plexiglas, cardboard, wire, wood, concrete, and plaster, and filled the empty white space. In the building’s café, she juxtaposed along a window ledge an actual cup and bottle with cast, fabricated and reflected simulacra according to material and means of production, letting viewers make their own arrangements. Although her underlying systems remained elusive, her interventions succeeded in triggering flashes of understanding into the contingency of the lived environment.

Sarah Tanguy, Curator
ART in Embassies Program, and independent curator and critic



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Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
paper, papier mache, wood, cardboard, plaster, concrete, wire, acrylic
June 2009
Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
paper, papier mache, wood, cardboard, plaster, concrete, wire, acrylic
June 2009
Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
Detail of papier mache and wood
June 2009
Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
Detail of cardboard
June 2009
Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
Detail of acrylic
June 2009
Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
Detail of wire and plaster
June 2009
Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
Detail of wood and cardboard
June 2009
Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
Detail of concrete and plaster
June 2009
Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
Detail of wire and acrylic
June 2009
Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
paper, papier mache, wood, cardboard, plaster, concrete, wire, acrylic
June 2009
Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
paper, papier mache, wood, cardboard, plaster, concrete, wire, acrylic
June 2009
Fox 3: Corners and I-beams
paper, papier mache, wood, cardboard, plaster, concrete, wire, acrylic
June 2009
Cafe Doris: bottles and cups
paper, papier mache, copper, cardboard, tape, plaster, concrete, casting slip, glazed ceramic, plastic, wax, glass, mirrors
June 2009
Cafe Doris: bottles and cups
plaster, glass, wax, mirrors
June 2009
Cafe Doris: bottles and cups
plaster, glass, wax, glazed ceramic, casting slip, mirrors
June 2009
Cafe Doris: bottles and cups
casting slip, glazed ceramic, plastic, mirrors
June 2009
Cafe Doris: bottles and cups
plaster, concrete, casting slip, glazed ceramic, plastic, mirrors
June 2009