Final Project for Space and Materiality

Our original objects are clothing tags, pushpins, and book pages. In our construction of the object, we used the covers and binding of the book to create the classic book flower shape, and covered the more structured cover of the books with the clothing tags, now curved into scale-like objects, mounted with the use of pushpins.

In creating our object, we had no intention capitalist or anti-capitalist message, but the focus of the publishing industry on fast and digestible books has led to so much competition, that the art at the core, the literature itself, is lost. Everyone wants to be the next Gone Girl, or the next Harry Potter. It’s addressing the mass production of literature and the dissolution of literature as an art form.

Our 3 initial ideas involved spiral staircases, a hanging box display, and paper clouds. Those ideas were shot down pretty fast due to lack of joinery methods. So, in playing around with our materials for a while, and when one of us started folding a book flower design, we began to formulate our idea for a curvilinear form. So we cut the cover into an ovular design, and shaved the pages down into curves to avoid straight lines. Then, we began to cut the tags into scale shapes, and sorted them by color before forcing them into the covers. The back of our book is like a deathtrap. There’s pushpins and nails sticking out everywhere. We held the book open with a wood block and nails.

When we were developing our stand, we knew there was an issue with using a curvilinear form in wood and joinery at the same time. An earlier idea made us want to do a hanging structure with the book, so we came up with a hook design that kept the curvilinear ideas we had been working with, and utilized the joinery with a hole in it. The book is suspended on the strings from the tags themselves, and the book is held in place by a second external arm to keep it from spinning. Then, there are decorative curves that serve to use a second form of joinery.

My name is Christopher Chu. I am a eternal freshman, cancer, communications design major, fragile asthmatic, reformed theater kid, and emotionally repressed/confused homosexual. I’m in the process of creating my own distinct aesthetic along the lines of the queer diaspora, and using my experience to guide my artwork. 

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