Popular for representing figures and historical symbols in the domestic home. Wallpaper (wall as paper, wall and paper) is a two dimensional decoration applied to architectural surfaces as a ‘makeshift’ ornamental device that perceptually alters an environment. Since its domestic popularization by William Morris, Wallpaper design has leaned on its’ mechanistic structure and optical devices found in art practice: from the Flat Pattern to Visual Deceit to Forced Perspective. Casting aside the material honesty of the wall for sham and show.
In a contemporary culture of excess and shifting values, Big Will and Friends calls for architects and artists to embrace the temporal qualities of domestic decor that value appearance over substance, and the ephemeral over the secure and lasting. Particularly when shaping the walls and spaces around us. Linking art, architecture, and mass consumption the works suggests that the novel assembly of art and domestic décor perceptually structures space through the surfaces around us.
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Jonathan Louie with Gabriel Boyajian and Nicolas Carmona
Big Will and Friends is made possible by generous support from the Macdowell Colony, Syracuse University School of Architecture and College of Visual Performing Arts.