Caroline Woolard Exploration: Ceiling Tiles / Gallery Show and Opening Talk


IMG_6552 It's springtime and things are growing in the lab! Artist in Residence Caroline Woolard has created a living exhibit, using mycelium to create ceiling tiles and sculptural objects (more information below). Come by to see how they're doing! On view until April 25.

Join us for her opening talk on Friday, April 7th from 7-8pm

“The suspended ceiling is probably the greatest achievement to date in accommodating technology to architecture.” Reyner Banham, 1962

“The ceiling used to be decorative, a symbolic plane, a place invested with intense iconography ... Now it has become an entire factory of equipment that enables us to exist, a space so deep that it begins to compete with the architecture. It is a domain over which architects have lost all control, a zone surrendered to other professions." Rem Koolhaus, 2014

Project Statement

Caroline Woolard’s residency at the Visible Futures Lab continues her exploration of ceiling tiles as a metaphor for systems and infrastructure. In the exhibition An Economy of We (2012, University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Woolard created ceiling-tile-sized objects and invited office workers to exchange their everyday ceiling tiles for these objects. The PBS / Art21’s New York Close Up documentary (Woolard Flips the Real Estate Script, 2014) about Caroline Woolard shows her everyday practice of hiding objects in ceilings, lifting ceiling tiles to uncover storage space. In a recent performative lecture at Williams College (Hybrid Practices, 2017) Woolard climbed a twenty-foot ladder to touch the ceiling, remove a ceiling tile, and uncover a book which she made of ceiling tiles.

In her exhibition, for which this residency is a laboratory, Woolard will present a large-scale installation of ceiling tile sculptures grown from mycelium. This project is made possible through a partnership with Ecovative, a leading biomaterials company growing high performance, premium, award-winning products that are safe, healthy, and certified sustainable. Ecovative products “enable customers—including Fortune 500 companies, international mills, and furniture makers—to meet their design, production, and delivery needs while achieving sustainability goals.”