The project’s goal is to investigate a methodical approach to formal beauty deeper than basic visual ideas such as golden proportion or symmetry.
I established two foundational ideas, Elegance and Extravagance. Elegance occurs when perceived effort in achieving a great output is relatively small. A type of efficiency is found in an object where the form or the effort behind its construction is modest in comparison to the effect it achieves. On the other hand, Extravagance deals with the display of the scale, expense, and power that the subject required. European cathedrals reveals the concept of Extravagance as their scale, detail, and magnitude yield a beauty of impressive kind. In reality, beauty occurs in various proportional combinations of these two, as no object seems to be one but not at all the other.
Mobi is an attempt to manifest this theory by combining Elegance and Extravagance through a means of craft. An approach of modularity is employed to allow efficient expansion and flexibility - extravagance progressively emerges from the simple act of labor. Combining human labor and mass-manufacturing, Mobi questions the boundary of the craft and art of making. Mobi is built as furniture, spatial objects, and sculptural forms.
from Volume Gallery :
Jang’s findings strive after a mechanical explanation of ‘beauty’, revealing two oppositional outcomes, in which beauty exists as efficiency and as expense. Aesthetic efficiency, he discovered, produces maximum impact for minimum effort, while beauty as expense derives from taxing intensity. Mobi looks to embody both diametric discoveries through its fractal framework and individually elegant components.
Mobi’s subjects rise from the floor, supported by a team of single modular structures stacked in succession, to form surfaces, shapes, and seats. Individually, each module contains three sleek S-curve sweeps joined by a trefoil band at its middle. Architecturally akin to buttresses, Jang’s lightweight modules divide and distribute weight, allowing Mobi’s fluted form to concisely withstand considerable weight or adeptly multiply many times over. Mobi’s multifaceted applications highlight the inherent structural integrity and capability of a single unit to create any shelter, sofa, or chandelier.
volume gallery / sam vinz, claire warner
text by sarah doonan @volume
images courtesy of Volume Gallery
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