SURFACE INTO FORM, an exhibit by Nancy Yen-wen Cheng MArch ’90, is on view at PLACE in Portland, OR from June 21 – July 28, 2017. The show explores how surfaces can be manipulated to bounce light in interesting ways, including how simple cuts and folds can create complex patterns of flaps or pockets to catch light. The fabric pieces have been created with Marziah Rajabzadeh and Mohsen Marizad of ZAAD Studio.

The public is invited to three FREE events:

Wed June 21, 6:00-9:00pm with 7:00pm talk by Nancy Cheng
Learn about the origins of the sculptural studies, digital design and fabrication, and related research into airflow around architectural shading screens. 

WORKSHOPS led by Nancy Cheng and Marziah Rajabzadeh
RSVP to [email protected]

Shaping Light with Folded Surfaces workshop
Saturday, July 8, 12:00-3:00pm
Experiment with light and shadow effects by manipulating surfaces and material properties.  Learn how curved cuts, folds and clasps can sculpt sheet materials to produce aesthetic forms.  Examine how lighting can transform appearances when capturing photos of work in progress.

Shaping Space with Fabric workshop
Saturday, July 29, 12:00-3:00pm
What is the most interesting space that can be sculpted with the least material?  Learn about minimal structures through manipulating fabric.  The group will create temporary walls and tent-like enclosures by using bodies, rods and hoops to tension sheet materials. 

For more info, see or contact Nancy Cheng at [email protected]

Images provided.

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