Associate Professor of Print Media Erik Waterkotte has collaborated with artist Nicholas Ruth to create Interstitial, a site-specific graphic installation in the Loggia Gallery at the Unviersity of Dallas. The installation opened March 3 and is presented in conjunction with the 2019 Southern Graphics Council International Conference. It closes April 3.
With Interstitial, the artists complicate the viewer's perceptions of interior and exterior space through a process of masking and veiling existing architecture with custom cut vinyl and prints applied directly to the glass windows of the gallery. The installation creates a unique visual experience by reframing the view of the wooded landscape outside and transforming the existing indoor space into a fabricated roadside landscape. Overgrown scrub surrounds billboards with cutaway centers. Inspired by phenomenological inquiry, Ruth and Waterkotte render visible the potential commodification of everything in sight.