CUTMR 2011 — Room 212

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Rob Southcott’s quirky contribution requires some unpacking to fully appreciate.  Take Jet Set: what’s obvious at a glance is that the walls are covered with paper airplanes, as if they had dive-bombed the room en masse.  What’s not obvious until you get closer — much closer — is that these paper airplanes are not only metal, they’re also functional, a perfect place to hang your hat or keys, or even place a business card.

Likewise, Fly With Me could be just a wooden box.  But when you approach, triangular forms of light flicker across the wooden surface.  Far from being solid, the face is ash veneer, and the LEDs glowing through it are controlled by you, the viewer; motion sensors detecting proximity cause the lights to move in direct response to your movement.  While not immediately obvious, this visual feedback provided clues that allowed viewers to determine the relationship between their actions and the reaction of the work.

Correlation is an accumulation of angular figures; while each one is identical, when combined the odd angles diverge until the collection appears to be a disordered mass, almost crystal-like, simultaneously organic and abstract.  As the name implies, this simple figure takes on a new dimension when placed in context with many duplicates.

Room 212 was not Rob’s first contribution to the Gladstone; his United We Stand chairs permanently grace the lobby.  You can see more of his work here.

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