fragments of us

these marks are but fragments of us

this interdisciplinary studio looked to examine the nature of surfaces, color, light and space through the instigation and eventual transformation of California College of the Art’s main nave space. by utilizing different digitally and analogue driven techniques such as scripting, collage, physical modeling, photography, rendering, and drawing, the studio sought to explore the interstices between interior design, installation, art, and architecture.

by exploring a variety of themes each student developed their own studio project focused on a certain aspect of surface, color, light and space; and then further investigated these ideas through a series of material artifacts that culminated in their own final studio project that was combined, altered, shifted and integrated into a larger composition that comprises the final installation.

the installation consisted of over 200 printed panels of an adhesive thin film-like material that was affixed to the outside glass of California College of the Arts main façade, which at it’s highest point is over 25 feet and measures approximately 100 feet in length for an overall installation in excess of 2,000 square feet. these pieces were installed and affixed by the instructor and his students. the panels transformed and altered the Nave space from that of a serene white box gallery space to a space filled with patterns and effects of color, vibration, and sublime rhythm.

exuberance. an overabundance of images frozen in stop motion. pixelation, noise, reverberation, pause. this collective woven moment of transitory impermanence, a massive transparent surface imagined new, redefined and reconfigured as a degraded pulsating and shifting color field. these marks are but fragments of us.

Program: Installation

Client: Department of Architecture,, California College of the Arts

Location: San Francisco, California, USA


Faculty: Gregory Hurcomb (California College of the Arts / Studio Gregory Hurcomb)

Thanks to all the students involved in the course:

Carl Lyon, Carleigh Wamberg, Anna Korkobcova, Kathryn VanCleave, Sara Schneider, Alexander Decicco, Kangning Zhao, Jennifer Giessler, Taylor Patton, Alan Hayes, Sin Lao, Bianca Koch, Hossna Nadjafabadi, David Kelley

And special thanks to:

Ila Berman, Director of Architecture

Cathrine Veikos, Chair of the Interior Design Department

Lisa Stoneman, Director of Academic Administration

Noah Bartlett, Director of Facilities and Operations

Lia Wilson, Program Manager, Department of Architecture