Shields and Parergons
Marie Herwald Hermann
Oct 28—Nov 25, 2017
Marie Herwald Hermann’s work will fill the ground floor of the gallery – a site-specific installation inspired by the architectural lines of the space. This presentation marks Reyes Projects’ first venture with the artist and sets the tone for their inaugural participation in NADA Miami (December 7-10), which will include a solo booth of Hermann’s work.
Upon entering the gallery, visitors will encounter several of Hermann’s large-scale objects, barriers that diffuse noise from the outside world. Hermann’s work is quiet and should be experienced in tranquility, shielded from urban commotion. Walls are donned with shelves, also designed by Hermann, that carry groups of delicate, unfixed clusters of ceramics. Such groupings encourage viewers to understand the pieces through their interactions with each other; they are approachable but distinctly self-contained. Hermann’s ceramics estrange the domestic landscaps to create beautifully simple pieces that preclude the functionality their shapes suggest, promoting a reevaluation of ceramics as an art form.