Nickel explored three directions in this piece: left-to-right eye movement in reading the word, frontal zooming in and out with the grid, and right-to-left/left-to-right in perception of grain in the wood plank. The grid was made from welded steel rods with an angle iron surround. The word, “Perishable,” was suggested by a rubber stamp acquired from the St. Louis Post Dispatch copy room and was intended as a reference to the ephemeral quality of visual perception.

Perishable

1974
Brentwood, Missouri
Oak and Welded Steel
H: 10 in. x W: 9 ft. 7 in. x D: 4 in.

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