Looped Matter: From pliable line to soft form | Carrie McKnelly

Banvard Gallery / Knowlton Hall
April 13, 2016 - 5:00pm to July 29, 2016 - 5:00pm

About the exhibit

The pliable line is bendable, flexible, loopable: it is indeterminate. However, once the line loops upon itself, interconnected associations yield determinacy at the scale of the pattern. The pattern can be understood as a code, or set of operations, which program the path of the line - each loop representing one bit of data. The code operates between the micro and the macro or the idiosyncrasy of a loop and the totality of its formal composition. It gains potency as a language which bridges the physical and the digital by compressing topological descriptions of form into a set of operations.

If we initiate design at the scale of the line, creating the flows of the very material assembly from which we build, can a new range of forms emerge?

Expansive in meaning, soft form most obviously evokes visual characteristics - smooth, deficient of visual hardness. However, it also suggests the flexibility of the material system and a sensibility to the environment - lightweight, responsive, nomadic. Caught between the pliable line and provocations of soft form, Looped Matter is a catalog of ideas and possibilities. It explores the potentials of a design process initiated at the scale of a material’s underlying composition. The resulting collection of artifacts categorized into four scales - sample, shape, form, and speculate - uses the technique of knitting to steer the pliable line between ornament and object to explore a new materialization of soft forms. 

Special thanks to: Jonathan Schaefer, Santiago Alvarez, Valentine Catapano, Molly Clarke, Enio Dajko, Abdelrahman El Zamly, Benjamin Koontz, Ruoxi Li, Thomas Mason, Ndede Misumi, Tammy Monnin, Emily Nau, Kaley Overstreet, Ryan Sampson, Kiernan Smith, Renee Saavedra, Alexandra Oetzel and Mason Johnson. 

about the gallery

The Banvard Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Gallery is located on the first floor of Knowlton Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University.