University of Illinois at Chicago
critic: Molly HUNKER.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Danny TRAVIS & Preston WELKER: Creteur is the animation of static form through the manipulation of fabric-formed concrete.
Each Creteur is designed independently to portray a desired personality through its animal-like posture and through the use of particular fabrics to achieve a certain texture. The material contrast and fabric-textured concrete create a unique interplay between implied and literal softness. Creteur is beautiful and grotesque, animate while static, projecting character throughout its environment. This prototypical study envisions these Creteur’s as furniture/functional art, but the concept encompasses many more possibilities.
The combination of grotesque and cute are prevalent in this exploration. The animal-like forms paired with the soft tumors are both inviting and suspicious. The resulting “Creteur’s” are a new species that allow us to imagine a world in which they might exist.
While this project was imagined as part of a class initiative, it is our intention to continue exploring the possibilities of fabric formed concrete as it relates to industrial design, as well as its architectural significance.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
DT & PW: We were heavily influenced by the works of Patricia Piccinini, who specializes in the “grotesque,” creating relationships between realistic creatures and their humanistic counterparts. We were also influenced by SportsCollaborative’s material emphashis and technique. Also, Andrew Holder, Ellie Abrons and Michael Loverich; the “Possible Mediums” project and its explorations of the soft features of hard forms. Finally, Kelly Bair and her “Rustification Never Sleeps.”
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
DT & PW: Listening to: Kanye West; Yeasayer; Of Montreal. Watching: South Park.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
DT & PW: We are currently interested in the idea of “Character”; formal personality. This has been influenced by Design w/ Company, MVRDV, 2A+P/A, Jeffrey Kipnis, and John McMorrough.