Kyla Mccallum: Foldability
- David Pollock
- 3 June 2013
Aesthetic pleasure brought to The Lighthouse by Glasgow School of Art graduate
Due to its very specific remit as a centre for design, The Lighthouse often hosts exhibitions that aren't quite exhibitions at all. Foldability is more of a product display or a craft demonstration, yet the artefacts here are beautiful to look at. Kyla McCallum, a Glasgow School of Art graduate now based in London, makes precise and intricate paper structures using traditional folding techniques to create interesting home curios, which certainly capture the imagination for the means of their production.
Housed on the first mezzanine floor of the building, Foldability is small but well-formed. On one wall is a large decorative hanging and at various heights above, but clustered together tightly like a cloud, are a few light shades of different shapes. The very distinctive pyramid patterns rising and falling from their surfaces identify these pieces as part of McCallum's Sinobe Collection. The name is taken from the Japanese designer of the pyramid modules that come together to form the pieces, although we may be forgiven for mistaking the word for a high-end Scandinavian homeware brand.
There's much to admire here, not least the fact that the shades look great as objects; the varying thicknesses of paper on the side of each module allowing different intensities of light to pass through, giving the impression of a warm fireside glow from the bulb within. The obvious effort and precise repetition that has gone into handmaking each one also resonates strongly with the viewer; not least the hanging itself, its peaks and craters crafted over months from 4194 individual sheets of paper and assembled onsite. That their crisp, futuristic lines are made using centuries-old methods adds a certain tension when viewing the works, but the joy here is really in their aesthetic pleasures alone.
The Lighthouse, Glasgow, until Sun 30 Jun