Some Walls From Unbuilt Houses is an
installation at Kent State CAED of full – or nearly full – scale wood-framed walls
biopsied from houses designed by Endemic Architecture from between 2016 to 2020.
Particular attention was given to a
common feature in all of these houses: the curled wall room. As walls curl they make
small rooms, inviting behaviors such as crying, pouting, reading, loving, thinking,
studying, stretching, playing, cuddling, shouting, contemplating, hiding, writing,
napping, eating, or gathering and are designed with faux fur, faux
leather, wood shingle, reflective wall paper, iridescent vinyl, shaped felt,
plywood, and painted surfaces.
These biopsied walls from the unbuilt houses were
re-composed in the gallery as an enfilade oscillating visitor’s experience from
occupying finished rooms to moving within the pockets, or pochè,
between them. In other words, visitor’s continuously move between and through
finished rooms and circulatory pochè while simultaneously looking through
and across an enfilade of variegated rooms and materials. In some cases what I
call Poche Still Life’s are encountered between rooms or walls which reveal
diorama-like scenes displaying artifacts from the labor involved in
constructing the walls. In other instances, stud piles are found on the floor,
suggesting the space of the gallery is a site of ongoing construction. Plan
drawings from which the curled walls originate are found tucked into nooks and
crannies, enticing visitors to bend down, peer up, look behind, through, and
into the walls in search of more layers or spaces.
Photos (except last two) by Kyle Troyer. Second to last photo by Danny Wills, last photo by Jon Yoder.