Measurements: H 9", W 5.5", D .5"
Break It Down was part of our 2015-2016 Factory Installed exhibition. Lisa Sigal created these artworks in addition to, and contemporaneously with, the installation. All measurements are estimates.
From the Artist: "Break It Down is an exploration of drywall, which is also known as plasterboard, wallboard or gypsum board. Drywall is one of the most commonplace building materials throughout North America. I have used it to make forms that have combined painting, building materials and architecture as a way to examine illusion as a counterpoint to permanent and impermanent structures in urban space. I have a love/hate relationship with the materials. I am attracted to the sensual compressed surface and how easy it is to reconfigure, but dislike that it is impossibly heavy and fragile as an art material - easily scuffed, nicked and damaged with use.
For the exhibition at the Mattress Factory, I have produced hand-made wall sections that possess the characteristics and appearance of drywall. I made them by sandwiching a core of plaster between sheets of heavy and translucent paper to mimic the standardized fabrication of drywall. The inconsistencies in their form function as a glitch in the installation, interjecting irregular planes that undo the monotonous manufacture of the walls. The development of this body of work follows other projects of mind that dismantle or demarcate walls as a way of altering and questioning practices for sheltering and housing people. This new direction in my work has the potential to build visible history, one hand-made section at a time."
View more images of this installation here.