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. This collage is composed with a shared quality: ‘the curl wall’, found in the many plan drawings for houses designed Endemic Architecture, as spaces that invite you to crawl into, cry, pout, read, love, think, study, stretch, play, cuddle, shout, contemplate, hide, write, nap, eat, or gather. Covered with faux furs, faux leather, wood shingles, reflective wall paper, iridescent vinyl, shaped felt, plywood, and paint each wall curls to make a room. These walls are re-composed in the gallery as an enfilade that oscillates visitor experience from occupying finished rooms to being within the unfinished backside or poche as they circulate through the gallery. Studs and sheathing are sometimes purposefully exposed, revealing the possibility for occupying both the space within a wall (the poche or cavity) and within a room simultaneously. In other words, visitors are continuously moving between and through finished rooms, the backside of exposed wall framing, or the poche while simultaneously looking through and across layered assemblies and materials. In some cases what I call Poche Still Life’s are encountered in the residual spaces between rooms or walls. These are meant to provoke curiosity as to the nature of the space between walls as an in-between space for displaying artifacts of 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, and thus further suggesting that the installation is still in the construction process (which, in fact it is as students were asked to continue to add to the unfinished walls over the course of the show, transforming the gallery once more into a pedagogical space). Lastly, plan drawings from which the curled walls originate are found tucked into nooks and crannies, enticing visitors to 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.