Heringa/Van Kalsbeek (1966/1962) are known for their expressive, colourful sculptures, that have a strong physical presence. For their work at the TextielLab, the artists were inspired by their ethnographic collection and natural phenomena. Their monumental, playful sculpture ‘Armor’ consists of a metal construction, decorated with laser-cutted, resin coated wings of canvas, bright red pompons and multi-coloured tins. The image is derived from the largely decorated head ornaments of traditional Chinese brides. ‘Armor’ is appealing at first sight, but its back appears ‘raw and imperfect’. This tension, between front and back, between attraction and repulsion, is a main theme in the work of Heringa/Van Kalsbeek.

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