Melbourne’s NGV sees a Summer exhibition of Escher’s work and theoretical studies, all curated by the Japanese design practice Nendo. Between Two Worlds explores Echer’s unique graphic world through an immersive and experiential series of rooms. At the shows entrance a projected digital corridor begins your journey with a first look at the house motif before opening up into a gallery of Escher’s early prints. This simple form of the house continues along illuminated laser cut mirrors which when reflected onto the wall completing the house shapes with light.
Large deconstructed black and white house’s further explore the form, from two distinct viewing experiences. Firstly from above - seeing the deconstructed roofs tessellate – then travelling down a ramp, the house forms provide an immersive perspective on the changing shapes. Continuing the theme of the house in perspective, Escher’s prints are displayed within black metal rods, the house created again as an optical illusion.
Finally the gathered house, a chandelier type structure, assembled using 50,000 die cut black and white house’s hung from the ceiling. A large house shape floats within the form as your vantage point changes as you move around the sculpture. Nendo’s paper studies and sketches are finally presented showing his creative process to realise these complex forms.