To create this striking bench, Missel cast a recycled bale of cardboard in silicone rubber, which he then peeled to create an inverted skin of texture. “I wanted to make responsive sculptures that you could interact with.” His work is influenced by the human effect on the earth, “where objects melt, are in a state of plasma, infinitely malleable, and past identities are erased and new identities are formed.” Missel’s sculptures are both fantasy and grounded in the real. We discovered Missel’s work at the East New York gallery In Good Company, a hotbed of emerging off-the-radar design. Missel received In Good Company’s inaugural Emerging Designer Award.
Nick Missel Flotsam 2020 Silicone rubber, foam 43” x 70” x 18”
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