Larry David Merriman
Installations and Objects
"It is my idea that as long as I have straight nails, I'll know what to use them for." From Julio Cortazar's novel, "Hopscotch." Salvaged flooring, bent nails, and heating vents, pecan, book, brick, cement block and hammer. View 1 of 4
Actual bent nail anchored in sculpted pecan tree branch, which is anchored to a bent nail shape constructed from salvaged flooring. View 2 of 4
Julio Cortizar protagonist, Oliveira, took on many pointless tasks like straightening bent nails in a stifling hot attic. Bent nails left over from salvaging wood flooring. View 3 of 4
However, one can use nails that remain bent! Four columns of loosely stacked nails became rigid with the addition of a cement block. Salvaged flooring, heating vent grates, bent nails, and cement block. View 4 of 4
Shoes, fountain, wood, food packaging, lights, and mixed media. View 1 of 5
Both of my children's shoes from1990 through 2004, fountain, shoe laces, and milk colored water. View 2 of 5
Milk container, split tree branch, wood shelf, shoe laces, and light. View 3 of 5
Plywood, milk caps, shoe laces, and lights. View 4 of 5
Yogurt containers, plywood, and lights. View 5 of 5
Installation for SC Triennial Exhibition: bottle and jar caps (from 15 years of food consumption by my family), plow shares, and found hand forged chain (pre-Civil War). Approx. 12' W (at base) x 14' H View 1 of 2
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Paper food packaging formed into balls that are balanced on a pecan tree limb and anchored with bricks. Approximately 5' long by 4' wide by 10" high
Ice Cream and popcorn packaging soaked in water, rolled into cylinders, dried, then stacked on wood pedestal. Approximately 1' x 1' x 4.5'
4 x 8 sheets of salvaged styrofoam insulation.
Bottle and jar caps.
Dogwood berries embedded in tree bark.
A complex form, this bulging quarter sphere has a hollow core that transforms into an extension on the far side: food packaging, cardboard, and hot glue. Approx. 7.5 W x 4' H x 6' D.
Installation for SC Triennial Exhibition. Food packaging, cardboard, and hot glue. Sphere is approx. 8' in dia. and two cones (another on opposite facing wall) are approx. 8' in diameter and project 7' from the wall.
"Sow's Ear" is suspended, cantilever, from the wall so that it hovers above the floor,Cardboard boxes & hot glue. Approx. 11x12x10'.
Recycled (folded) exhibition posters were nailed to the gallery wall and, using hot glue, the form was built out from that ring with additional posters. Approx. 6' in dia. by 2.5' deep. View 1 of 2
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