Dissolving Structure

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The Mobile Living Room (MLR) is a collaboration with Seth Dazey, Neil Chace, and Shane Hood that exaggerates the American love of home and the need for home-like comfort while travelling. The small room is built from eight modular panels made of common residential materials that can be packed into a large van, truck, or SUV, assembled and plugged in at nearly any location. Once assembled it acts as a gathering place, equipped with a couch, televisions and video players.

A Nest is an invitation for people to find comfort together; a space of relaxation, contemplation, and conversation that is simultaneously public and private. The shell is transparent and the materials are used candidly. The shell is made of 2600 feet of polyethylene tubing, randomly woven into a web structure. It provides an open yet clearly defined space, which curves in response to its situation in the gallery. The materials used are commonly available and the method of construction is relatively simple, yet results in a complex self-supporting surface. The Nests are a collaboration with Yu-Chih Hsiao.

Rumpleskillskid uses only cotton rope and thread to create a small wearable hut to conceal the user. Its sewn construction is a based on traditional coil baskets, built to the scale of the body. Its form entirely masks the wearer’s form and appearance to provide anonymity and privacy. The hut is flexible enough that it requires the body for structure, but rigid enough to keep its basic shape during use.

The Tube is a knitted piece using eight skeins of yarn to produce a flexible cover for the human body. It is a single piece of uniform diameter but is form-fitting, moving directly with the wearer’s motions. The soft shell keeps the body warm and comfortable yet slightly restrained. Here, as with A nest and Rumpleskillskid, a single flexible line is manipulated into a plane and further into a spatial envelope or shell to inhabit.

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