Faculty, California College of the Arts (CCA)
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Gregory HURCOMB: This interdisciplinary studio looked to examine the nature of surfaces, color, light and space through the
instigation and eventual transformation of California College of the Art’s main nave space. By utilizing different
digitally and analogue driven techniques such as scripting, collage, physical modeling, photography, rendering, and
drawing, the studio sought to explore the interstices between interior design, installation, art, and architecture.
By exploring a variety of themes each student developed their own studio project focused on a certain aspect of
surface, color, light and space; and then further investigated these ideas through a series of material artifacts that
culminated in their own final studio project that was combined, altered, shifted and integrated into a larger
composition that comprises the final installation.
The installation consisted of over 200 printed panels of an adhesive thin film-like material that was affixed to the
outside glass of California College of the Arts main façade, which at it’s highest point is over 25 feet and measures
approximately 100 feet in length for an overall installation in excess of 2,000 square feet. These pieces were
installed and affixed by the instructor and his students. The panels transformed and altered the Nave space from
that of a serene white box gallery space to a space filled with patterns and effects of color, vibration, and sublime
Exuberance. An overabundance of images frozen in stop motion. Pixelation, noise, reverberation, pause. This
collective woven moment of transitory impermanence, a massive transparent surface imagined new, redefined and
reconfigured as a degraded pulsating and shifting color field. These marks are but fragments of us.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
GH: Glitch, patterns, vibrations, frequency, noise and various interference signals.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
GH: Reading The Articulate Surface by Ben Pell. Listening to Future Islands, On the Water; Twin Shadow, and Confess.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
GH: Olafur Eliasson, Doug Aitken, Walter De Maria, Jim Campbell, Daniel Arsham, Dan Flavin, Daniel Franke, Andy Goldsworthy,
Dan Graham, Ned Kahn, Numen, Tomas Saraceno, Esther Stocker, and James Turrell.
Additional credits and links:
Client: Department of Architecture, California College of the Arts
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Faculty: Gregory Hurcomb (California College of the Arts / Gregory Hurcomb Studio)
Thanks to all the students involved in the course:
Carl Lyon, Carleigh Wamberg, Anna Korkobcova, Kathryn VanCleave, Sara Schneider, Alexander Decicco, Kangning
Zhao, Jennifer Giessler, Taylor Patton, Alan Hayes, Sin Lao, Bianca Koch, Hossna Nadjafabadi, David Kelley
And special thanks to:
Ila Berman, Director of Architecture
Cathrine Veikos, Chair of the Interior Design Department
Lisa Stoneman, Director of Academic Administration
Noah Bartlett, Director of Facilities and Operations
Lia Wilson, Program Manager, Department of Architecture