University of Illinois at Chicago
critic: Molly HUNKER.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Jacob COMERCI: The chapel operates as an autonomous destination point at the far east end of Memphis, Tennessee’s Beale Street.
The building plays on the idea of the saccharine, a fundamental tenant within the realm of kitsch. Relentlessly excessive, the chapel offers hung objects associated with love and marriage into a grandiose vertical interior. An overwhelming collection of these objects produces an atmosphere rich with visual stimuli (where one is unable to distinguish part from whole) as well as unique programmatic opportunities. Be married on top of a cake, or watch a couple exchange vows while sitting inside of an oversized diamond.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JC: Matei Călinescu’s Five Faces of Modernity (particularly the section dedicated to Kitsch); Jean Baudrillard’s The System of Objects; Elvis Presley’s home in Graceland.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JC: Listening to: Animal Collective; Sisyphus; and The Cure
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JC: Bittertang, Speedism, BudCud, Sam Jacob/FAT, and John Hejduk.
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