• These Marks are but Fragments of Us

    These Marks are but Fragments of Us. Photo by Matthew MILLMAN.
    san francisco CALIFORNIA

    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:

    Program: Installation
    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

    Photo Credits:
    [Matthew Millman]
    [Noah Krell]
    [Gregory Hurcomb]
    [Daphne Matziaraki]


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