These marks are but fragments of us

California College of the Arts
Architecture and Interior Design Department Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio Professor Gregory Hurcomb

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 film­like 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)

Student Participants: 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