nests/nester · 2009 · Publication/Mini-exhibition · Nests/Nester · Artist Auke de Vries 24 x 34 cm · 24 pp · Designed by Esther & Richard
‘nests are built intuitively, without our controlling or planning them, at the same time however nests all belong to the family of architecture’ (Auke de Vries); as an homage to the atrium of the new Mercedes-Benz Museum (by Ben van Berkel) in Stuttgart, artist Auke de Vries made three ‘Nests’: nest-sculptures that seem to be build with a veiled logic. This publication accompanies a travelling exhibition of these Nests and is in its design influenced by the way nests are built.
the publication in itself is an assembly kit for a mini-exhibition: by tearing out parts of the book and placing them in the standing sheet of the cover, a new ‘nest’ can be created. These mini-nests are exhibited together with the big Nests of Auke de Vries in a travelling exhibition.
the cover of the publication shows the object-quality of the book; the title and other information are printed on loose pieces of paper, which are subsequently stuck into slits on the cover. These slits can also be used to insert other strips of paper from the inside of the book to turn it into a 3d object.
this publication is published by 'Uitgeverij Boek', the publishing house of Esther de Vries, who carefully considered every step in the making of this book, from editorial choices (like inviting writer Maria Barnas to write a short article) to the distribution.
the whole book has an underlying structure of perforations; this structure is derived from the shapes of Auke de Vries’s ‘Nests’; to emphasize this structure, opaque white forms are printed over at some places, also making a subtle reference to the paper-like colour of the unpainted sculptures.
the pages inside the book are all perforated with special shapes; this way one can tear out pieces of the book and use them to make a sculpture of the book.
when fully taken apart, the book provides hundreds of different elements to make one’s own nest: images of the sculptures, black and white reference-images, and quotes from visitors of Auke de Vries’s atelier.
reference-images for the building of De Vries’s nests are printed in black and white, such as architecture pictures from the book ‘The prodigious Builders. Notes toward a natural history of architecture’ by Bernard Rudofsky, and paintings by Fernand Leger e.g. ‘Contrast of forms’, one can make a sculpture out of these references.