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Tania Ursomarzo

2011, Plywood, nylon netting, nylon rope, steel shackles, Sizes vary

Plywood, nylon netting, nylon rope, steel shackles, Sizes vary

This work investigates how two materials can inform one another. Here the unstressed pattern of netting (or rope) is interpolated over a shaped surface through 3D modeling in Rhinoceros and CNC machined onto plywood. The plywood thus allows the netting to be held open in ways that it would not on its own. In the same moment, the tension and flexibility of the netting provides shape or a type of hung formwork to laminate and bend the plywood seat. Each chair experiments with shape and curvature to test both the performance of the materials working together as well as the way that the body is accommodated.

My art, design, and architectural work explores liminal space that is responsive to the body. That is, it seeks to create the experience of the body being “between” or “on the threshold” of two different spaces. My work is also concerned with the process of making and how the dialogue between materials can generate the form of objects and space. I am interested in the ability of materials to create something which is simultaneously unique to and a collaborative product of the properties and behavior of a set of materials.

Tania Ursomarzo - 2011, Plywood, nylon netting, nylon rope, steel shackles, Sizes vary

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in 2020 in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so for another year, through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.