Nancy Shaver is a sculptor and runs a store in Hudson, NY named Henry. The following excerpts from a text by Ann Lauterbach for an upcoming catalog on the artist and shopkeeper, refer to both.
We, Nancy and I, share a love of necessary objects; objects that were made
of necessity, in need.
With a purpose in mind. With, sometimes, limited material means.
We believe, also, that art is necessary.
The necessity of art is somehow implicated in the relationship between
materials and purpose.
There is a fine line between purpose and use. Nancy and I share a pleasure
in these fine lines.
Worn objects are the material equivalent of wise. This thought has been with me
since the first flea market.
It has nothing to do with the frippery of antiques, nothing to do with the advancement
of investment, nothing to do with Roadshow inheritance.
Well if nothing else, art has given me a way to live, she said one day as I was leaving Henry's inventory of foundlings.
A Minimalist instruction: material and process revelatory of each other. Making as content.
A tender, humorous delight in things as they are.
Nancy as alchemist of this inception. The new as/is insight.
|One blue block, red brick, 2004; wooden box, cardboard boxes, house paint, flashe acrylic paint; 13.25 x 10.5 x 4.75”||Crooked box, white curve, 2006; wooden box, cardboard boxes, house paint,
flashe acrylic paint; 9 x 13.5 x 5”
|Assortment: yellow, ochre, blue and pink, 2006; wooden blocks, fabric, house paint, flashe acrylic paint; 10.5 x 10.75 x 3.25”||Assortment: brown yellow green, red and gray, 2006;
wooden blocks, fabric, house paint, flashe acrylic paint;
10.5 x 10.5 x 3.25"
|Egg Crates on Cardboard Box, 2006; cardboard, 1920 egg crate mailer;
14.5 x 19.5 x 16”
|Valances Balanced, 2006;
metal rods, wood, wire, paper, house paint, flashe acrylic paint;
98.5 x 40 x 46”
|Assortment: black and white, 2006; wooden blocks, fabric, house paint, flashe acrylic paint; 10.5 x 11.25 x 3.25”||Follow Me, 2006; wood, wooden blocks, house paint, flashe acrylic, wheels; 32 x 17.5 x 12”||Paper rug, 2006; plywood, cardboard boxes, house paint, flashe acrylic paint;
76 x 29.25 x 5.5”
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