Wooden box, papers, books, loving cup, and painted stool.
A fascination with the accumulation of objects and ideas is evident in one of George Herms’s most important assemblage works from the early 1960s: the anthropomorphic sculpture The Librarian, made from old books found in a dump in the Northern Californian town of Larkspur. This work represents for Herms one of his distinct approaches to assemblage sculpture, in which a multitude of things and materials are thrown together to create what Herms called a “tossed salad” assemblage. Like other of Herms’s sculptures, The Librarian relates to someone who has had a particular influence on the artist’s life: in this case, a small-town librarian in Larkspur, where Herms lived for a year at the start of the 1960s.
Using a system of braided books, I am attempting to create a structure that possesses its power and agency only when it exist between academic book and art object. By allowing the tension of the circle arrangement to hold the object together, without adhesives or restraint, the pages slowly unbraid themselves over time giving the installation the opportunity to become books, again, in their original form.