Are the solutions of the past still viable today, especially in face of technological advances of post-modern societies such as the internet? I’m interested in how urban environments, architectural and transportation concepts can be made more responsive to the needs of its current inhabitants. How cities can become more useful, sustainable and flexible. But: Growth and prosperity are limited more than ever. Cities will have to adjust to this. How will this affect the city’s surfaces in the future? Start to imagine!
Mario Lombardo asks: What should the surface of a city look like?
Crystal Gregory answers: My work is inspired by the urban landscape, architecture, home and handwork. I am interested in building compositional juxtapositions that cause pause and wonder within the abstraction of familiar material. I use crochet and thread to cover or scar architectural surfaces in site specific installations.
Contrasting materials reflext the dualities I explore: domestic interior and architectural exterior, deliacy and strength. The processes are central to the work generating dichotomies of fragility and force that echo in the art.
In “Knit Building” I have designed an urban surface that consumes a building in downtown Chicago with a delicate knit lace pattern. The fabric meanders up the face of the building concealing the structure and exposing it only within the void of the lace. In “crochet brick building” I have encased each brick individually invading the structural identity. Each design lives in visual harmony while questioning differences and social assocations with material and place.