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Surface into Form Opening

June 21, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

surface into form

An exhibit by Nancy Yen-wen Cheng

How much visual expression can come from a single sheet of material? Exhibit pieces explore how surfaces can be manipulated to bounce light in interesting ways. They show how simple cuts and folds can create complex patterns of flaps or pockets to catch light. For example, a family of geometric patterns incorporate self-clasping hooks have been designed to pull flexible sheets into saddle forms that juxtapose convex and concave edges. Recent efforts with draped and stretched fabric are motivated by the idea of shaping form and space with minimal means.

The fabric pieces have been created with Marziah Rajabzadeh and Mohsen Marizad of ZAAD Studio, who excel in parametric design and digital visualization. Methods to shape light with folded surfaces were developed through teaching in Australia, Germany, China and the U.S. Exhibit support has come from PLACE, Francisco Toledo and Bonnie Jean Dominguez.

Opening Reception
6:00-9:00pm with 7:00pm talk by Nancy Cheng

Learn about the origins of the sculptural studies, the use of digital design and fabrication, and related research into airflow around architectural shading screens.

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Surface Into Form is FREE and Open to the public M-F 11am-5pm


Cover image courtesy Nancy Yen-wen Cheng.


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