DOMINANT VOID

TURNER BROOKS & ADAM HOPFNER STUDIO  •  FALL 2019

4 FOOT (1,25 METRE) LONG WOOD STRIPS

The Dominant Void seeks to make a space in which the space created is more palpably present, more powerfully assertive and potent, than whatever it is that physically defines it. Were its physical definitions stripped away, what remains might be a compressed atmosphere of currents, vortexes, whirlpools, and back eddies. 

The project is fashioned out of raw wood ‘furring strips,’ approximately .5 in x 2 in x 4 ft (1,25 cm x 5 cm x 1,25 m). I sought out strips with irregularities in order to give the Void a sense of organicism from its color variation and imperfections.



In the making of the Dominant Void, I first started experimented with sticks at 1:1/8 scale. I was interested in how I could make organic, non-linear forms from the straight pieces of wood. This resulted in stacking pieces in groups of four, with the pieces being twisted and torqued to create a flowing, swirling effect.

The final form of the Dominant Void is a twisted square, whose form results in a central vortex and a series of smaller spaces underneath, within, and externally.