In 2009, a large orange structure resembling the tail of a whale temporarily took up space at the Royale Projects gallery in Indiana Wells, California. Created by architect and designer Phillip K. Smith, III, this temporary installation, named Line to Line, was the first solo gallery exhibition in the Royale Projects gallery.

Arch2o-Line to Line-Phillip K. Smith, III (1)

Courtesy of Phillip K. Smith, III – Photography by David Blank

Several more installations followed after Line to Line in the Royale Projects gallery. Smith’s project was a humungous, fluorescent orange structure that played with the dynamics of horizontal and vertical lines, as well as the dynamics of what we perceive to be 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional.

Arch2o-Line to Line-Phillip K. Smith, III (2)

Courtesy of Phillip K. Smith, III – Photography by David Blank

The grooves on the surface of the structure coil and stretch along the outside, almost like rubber bands. Made of polystyrene, styrospray, and latex paint, Line to Line creates a distinct exterior and interior relationship with the space within which it is contained.

Arch2o-Line to Line-Phillip K. Smith, III (3)

Courtesy of Phillip K. Smith, III – Photography by David Blank

Smith describes the installation: “Could two-dimensional marks be the window to a three-dimensional space beyond?  Transforming from a line to a line, this piece creates a distinct exterior and interior relationship with the space within which it is contained.  Between the opposing “lines” lies the dimensional structure of the sculpture, defining at once its peripheral skin and the internal space of the form itself.  Shifting between two and three dimensions, the linear graphics of this interior space suggest the perspectival representation of an infinite void.”

 By Veronica Mattaboni

Courtesy of Phillip K. Smith, III – Photography by David Blank

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