suckerpunch: describe your project.
thomas KELLEY: +size is one of six temporary installations currently on exhibit in southwest chicago’s showpod galleries. the brief required each designer to make use of a single ream [500 sheets] of standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper [95 bright, 24lb]. both concept and fabrication took place in a two week time frame.
“+”. as one of the most overused icons in contemporary design, the definition of “+” rests in its ability to suggest more. more of what you might ask? more of the same, more difference, more variety, more whatever. through the medium of paper, +size aims to over articulate the icon to the point of absurdity with no intention of identifying any referents. to do so would only neutralize its latent presence as simply an icon for icon’s sake and in turn detract from its figural potency. instead, as a rapid study on aggregation it celebrates the icon at a variety of scales. one sheet of paper, one icon. five hundred sheets of paper, infinite icons.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
tK: whiting + somol’s positions on figures and shapes + a design seminar in jersey with ben aranda + chris lasch.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
tK: wölfflin’s renaissance and baroque, stan allen’s practice, os mutantes, the xx, breakbot.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
tK: future-cities-lab, jimenez lai/bureau spectacular, speedism, alex lehnerer, sean lally/weathers
project assistants: andrew kovacs, kamil krol [photography]