This was 2008.
I know. That was a hell of a long time ago, in the internet era. I’m including this in my website collection of just a handful of my favorite installations over the years, because it was the first. Of my ‘let’s just make it up as we go’ kinds of jam sessions that, I had no idea, would be so wonderfully received. Most of the work was just doing the drawing, getting the chance to interact with whomever came in to the gallery while I was putting this on the wall. Straight line art on a wall, in an art gallery, in Capitol Hill, where I started my life in creative work more fully than ever. I started Design Kompany in that neighborhood in 2006, and we got to talking to people and got to knowing people, and soon enough I was hosting a conversation party here and there or going to one of someone else’s, and then, yeah.
‘Can you do something for the reception, DK?’
‘An architecture magazine.’
‘I know the one. Sure.’
I called it ‘Wavular’ because I was still in the middle of a kind of brainwave about the idea of wavelengths and how people connect and physics, and sinusoidal things and other things and I was jamming, there, with words and ideas and diagrams, but mostly in my own head. Or at the studio, mostly on my own, because this kind of thing fell squarely outside the work of ‘client gigs.’ So I moved from this particular installation more and more away from client work and towards the kinds of sessions that gather the people who want to connect, meaningfully and not trivially… in surprising moments of connection and discovering their way towards ‘a-ha.’
Thanks to Diana Adams, for inviting me to show at Vermillion Art Gallery. And to Yumiko Kayukawa for encouraging me to go big, with this thing, and not hold back.
I had the whole space to do whatever I wanted but there was a catch: It had to be done in 24 hours. Or was it 48? Writing about this now is tough because all I remember was a giant flow.
A feeling of getting lost in the space, a groundless and scaleless sort of line drawing that turned and curved over itself. Happened.
That was fun to get into.
I’m a big math and physics nerd, so I like exploring the very large and very small scales and the huge amounts of air and space that are there, too. In my head, I mean. Wavular was the first time I got to play it out in a 2D form, for the first time since my Explorations in Geometry course in high school when I learned about Flatland and made The Sphere with Radius Phi.