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  • N_Urples

    N_Urples
    los angeles CA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    sorayos tang CHUENCHOMPHU, renee d. SMITH, leon m. CIFALA + nate m. GREEN: N_Urples was an exercise producing a surface, which created visual affects by parallax and proximity. The unit is a hexagon constructed of three panels whose color treatment act to undermine readings of the geometric tessellation. An a-b connection scheme allows for up to 12 connection types which produce a variety of swelling, swaleing and clumping affects in a variety of connections. Any overall reading of the aesthetic as either biological or mechanical is subverted by the treatment of the surface as a deformed field of bulbs which when read alone could be associated with anything from a fly’s eye to a hubcap.



    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    stC, rdS, lmC + nmG: N-urples was influenced by the qualities of deep sea coral. We were fascinated in the patterning and movement of these creatures and the vibrancy of their color. Tessellation in these natural formations began to inform ideas of hidden seams and the overall field. Movement across the field was achieved through the directionality of the N-urples and undulation of the panel combinations.

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    stC, rdS, lmC + nmG: Jeffery Kipnis [The Cunning of Cosmetics] . Sylvia Lavin [The Temporary Contemporary] . Rem Koolhaas [Junkspace] . DMX . The Roots . Wu-Tang Clan . Sander Kleinenberg

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    stC, rdS, lmC + nmG: AL_A . DS+R . Don Draper . Gregory House .

    Instructor: Heather Roberge, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design
    Teaching Assistant: Kagan Taylor
    Photographer: Mini Chu

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