A Cool Thing You Probably Missed: 2 x 4, the 8th Annual Dual Degree Exhibition

The Brown/RISD dual degree exhibit, called 2 x 4 (as in the lumber you buy at Home Depot) was unveiled on January 28 at the Granoff Center. Running through February 12, this year’s exhibition focused “on themes of multiplicity, calculation, and construction and was “inspired by what is elementary, use of materials, process work, manmade versus natural, and collaboration.”

The main exhibition space had more than a few nods to the 2 x 4 theme, with a Bob the Builder themed photo booth, a huge wooden cube built in the center of the room, and small art installation featuring, you guessed it: 2 x 4’s.

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Small tables supplied with index cards and markers offered visitors a chance to participate. Little cards prompted us: draw wood, draw the person next to you, draw your transportation to the wood, draw a compliment. Once finished with your masterpiece, you could hang them up in the cube.

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Zachary Ziebell (Painting, Science & Society) ‘19’s digital projection, “Wraith 1,” made for a superb background to the cube. “Wraith 1” is comprised of images that were most recently tweeted, but displayed as a “perlin-noise based 3-dimensional cloud.” Although I’m super sure I have absolutely no idea what that means at all, it was certainly hypnotizing. 2D images suddenly take on a kind of 3D texture that just begs you to reach out and touch them. 

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Downstairs housed Priscilla Ahn (Sculpture, Earth Environmental and Planetary Sciences) ‘17’s piece, “Forest Fire.” Ahn’s piece beautifully combined her concentrations, most notably in the depiction of the smoke of the “fire.” It’s made up of swirling shades of blues and grays and white that make it nearly impossible to believe that it’s made of Fluffy Stuff (polyester stuffing).

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Just nearby “Forest Fire” on a low table lies Layla May Ehsan (Illustration and Comparative Literature) ’16‘s piece “Nub Garden”. This collection includes various whimsical sculptures  and pots whose color scheme and unique nubby-ness are described by Ehsan as “pink and ready and not necessarily sexy.” These combinations of bits and protrusions are as weird as they are cute.

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Another one of the cutest works in the exhibit is Jana Butman (Furniture Design and Chemistry) ’18‘s design, “Polar Bear Family”. This small coffee table collection is an abstract representation of a polar bear family, with the coffee table “mother” and two footstool “cubs.” The tables are impeccably made and strangely adorable for something so abstract (and, you know, without a face). Butman noted in her description that polar bear cubs are always born twins.

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Also not to be missed is Tiger Dingsun (Apparel Design, Computer Science) ‘20’s “Communal Pants.” Pretty self explanatorily, “Communal Pants” is a pair of 14 legged pants for 7 people to wear at once. Not only is it a great thing to wear on laundry days, but also according to Dingsun is meant to “have people become a part of something greater.”

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Pierie Korostoff (Textiles and Urban Studies) ’16‘s piece, “*murkyyyy” is a collection of photos with vinyl lettering imposed in them, revealing “found poems, teased out of text message threads and leaked past the iPhone passcode.” The photos are enchanting and the poems in them are interestingly relatable.

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Arguably the most noteworthy part of this piece is the fact that it isn’t confined to the photo set on the wall; throughout Granoff, various other “found poems,” plastered on the steps of the staircase and on the walls, are yours for the finding.

Images via Kelly Carey-Ewend ’19, Claire Pang ’19, and Kenji Endo ’18.

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