Rini Hurkmans
objects sculptures installations
exhibitions
1996

Preservation Situation III

Preservation Situation III
1996

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York
Installation of iron, rubber, lead, styrofoam, acrylic paint
Part of the exhibition Making A Space, curated by Janet Koplos

The installation Preservation Situation III was exhibited in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island (NY), which used to be a retirement home for sailors. Bearing in mind all the lived lives and memories, the use of lead – that partly envelops the organic forms – evokes a paradox since lead is a destructive as well as a protective material.

The work consisted of two rooms separated by sliding doors. The front room was totally empty with the exception of two metal constructions placed near the window. One construction had the contours of a table, the other of a chair. The back room, behind the sliding doors, was completely filled with metal constructions placed in such a way that one could only walk around them along the wall. In, on and under these constructions were 24 different shapes, a kind of alphabet.

See the publication Mute.

Preservation Situation III 

17 constructions: iron, rubber; 250 x 100 x 50 cm (2x), 200 x 300 x 3 cm (2x),
200 x 90 x 60 cm, 160 x 130 x 60 cm, 60 x 180 x 60 cm, 90 x 45 x 45 cm (2x),
90 x 40 x 40 cm (4x), 75 x 100 x 60 cm, 90 x 200 x 45 cm

24 organic forms: lead, styrofoam, acrylic paint; dimensions variable <=> 94 x 40 x 18 cm

Maquette Preservation Situation III, 1996
etched iron
dimensions variable

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York

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