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  • exhibition: Big Will and Friends

    Jonathan LOUIE & Stephen ZAIMA, "Big Will and Friends." Diagram.
    syracuse NEW YORK

    Popular for representing figures and historical symbols in the domestic home. Wallpaper is a two dimensional decoration applied to architectural surfaces as a “makeshift” ornamental device that perceptually alters an environment.

    exhibition: Jonathan LOUIE & Stephen ZAIMA, “Big Will and Friends.”
    Thursday, 01/21 (5:15 p.m. opening) – Thursday, 02/18
    5.45 p.m. performance / Rodger Mack Gallery, Shaffer Art Building
    Syracuse University
    Syracuse, NY 13244

    Since its domestic popularization by William Morris, wallpaper design has leaned on its’ mechanistic structure and optical devices found in art practice: from the Flat Pattern to Visual Deceit to Forced Perspective. Casting aside the material honesty of the wall for sham and show.

    In a contemporary culture of excess and shifting cultural values, Big Will and Friends calls for architects and artists to embrace the temporal qualities of domestic decor that value appearance over substance, and the ephemeral over the secure and lasting. Particularly when shaping the walls and spaces around us. Linking art and architecture, with interior design and mass consumption the works suggests that the novel assembly of art and domestic décor perceptually structures space through the surfaces around us.

    Big Will and Friends, is a collaboration between Assistant Professor Jonathan Louie at the School of Architecture, and Professor Stephen Zaima at the College of Visual Performing Arts. Opening Reception Dance choreography by Stephanie White. It is made possible by generous support from the Macdowell Colony, Syracuse University School of Architecture, and College of Visual Performing Arts.

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