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“I think of an artist, in a way, as an explorer, a researcher, and a scientist. We’re looking for a place that we can discover and learn about and share with the rest of the world that hasn’t really been seen before or thought about before. So, whatever materials one needs to grab, whether it’s an engineer or a hot water heater, I think that all of those things we’re allowed to have in our palette.” —Nancy Rubins
Since her earliest explorations in art school combining materials with clay to create unstable objects, to her massive sculptural assemblages of such disparate and oddball materials as discarded TVs, hot water heaters, trailers, and canoes, sculptor Nancy Rubins has relentlessly explored the outer reaches of her chosen materials. For this video, Gagosian Quarterly visited Rubins at her gorgeous Topanga Canyon studio to discusses her working process and the abiding interests in space, depth, and the residues of time that have informed her sculptures and drawings for decades. We are also treated to some awe-inspiring, behind-the-scenes footage of the assembly process of some of her massive, iconic works, such as Trailers & Hot Water Heaters (1992) at the Temporary Contemporary at MoCA LA, and Big Pleasure Point (2006) at Lincoln Center in New York City.