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Assistant Professors Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher are exhibiting in Couched Constructions

March 9, 2012   |   Faculty

Assistant Professors Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher are exhibiting an installation, "Networked Constructions," at the Herron School of Art's Herron Gallery, March 2 - April 19. The exhibit, "Couched Constructions," challenges the viewer's conventional ideas of the couch. 

From the Herron Gallery's website: "Sometimes a couch is just a piece of furniture and sometimes, through the eyes of a visionary, a couch becomes a source of alternative building materials, a commentary on our prodigious solid waste stream and a view into the lives of the most economically disadvantaged citizens of our city."

Filson and Rohrbacher's installation will include three pieces from their AtFab collection:

Silver Lining Chaise, Recycled Wood Fiber Sheeting
90 Minute Couch, Found Plywood
Cellular Screen, Certified Plywood Sheathing

Filson describes their installation: "Intercalation, in materials science, is the controlled insertion of a guest molecule between other molecules to produce a compound with transcendent properties like increased conductivity or strength. Through these three Couched Constructions, we sought make design the intercalate that inextricably links the interrelated systems occurring within an object to the complex conditions that surround it. Our efforts focused on involving the systemic and networked relationships that conspire around this Couch, Chaise and Screen. In so doing, we uncovered and intensified the inextricable links of these objects in the material, fabrication, and social networks that affect them and are affected by them.

As networked constructions, these objects invite a consumer to assume the role of maker, who fluidly customizes and fabricates a furniture object from downloadable digital cut files by engaging the assistance of a local CNC router, laser or water jet. Each object is intuitively assembled from simple profiles that are cut out of any sheet material, from the most exotic to the most everyday. By employing fabrication to connect the social and material, we’ve sought to sensitively enmesh these Couched Constructions into larger networks to yield objects which becomes more deeply embedded in our lives."

Two incredibly industrious research assistants, Carolyn Parrish and Joe O'Toole, helped fabricate the installation.