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Surface into Form Opening
June 21, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
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.
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.
- Shaping Light with Folded Surfaces workshop
- Shaping Space with Fabric workshop
Surface Into Form is FREE and Open to the public M-F 11am-5pm
Cover image courtesy Nancy Yen-wen Cheng.