Several hundred people gathered recently for the opening of a new showspace for architecture and design in downtown, The FIX gallery, created by prefab expert and impressario Michael Sylvester and architect Peter deMaria, in a furniture store on Pico just West of Downtown. The maiden show, a 3D paper floating sculpture called Fat Fringe , was the result of a collaboration between gifted installationists Materials & Applications and Layer. DnA’s new associate producer, Pavlina Aleksandrova, shown, under the fringe, in picture below, went on a quieter day to check it out; she describes here how it was made:
Multiple folded sheets of paper were transformed into a perforated surface that was subsequently suspended in the air. The unconventional surface flows throughout the gallery space creating an ethereal atmosphere that felt like an escape from reality.
The technique used to produce the origami-like building unit is neatly displayed together with the list of the numerous volunteers who participated in the production. They had gone through series of material manipulations and experiments before developing the final shape of the components. Each module was precisely cut through the use of die-cutters and, later on, the pieces were folded and assembled into the three dimensional volumes, ready to be incorporated into the agile plane of the Fat Fringe.
The exhibit is open and free to the public through April 8, 2010. A must-see.