Artist/designer Kevin Walz creates a painterly collection of wallcoverings for Wolf-Gordon
Wolf-Gordon’s new licensed collection Overlay/Underlay by artist and designer Kevin Walz is now available online and in Wolf-Gordon showrooms. The collection, which consists of five Type II wallcoverings, explores two-sidedness in a distinctly painterly way. Walz has utilized translucent inks for visual richness, replicating the effect of paint seeping through canvas from the other side. While taken through serialized manufacturing, these geometric designs retain a sense of craft, evoking silkscreen or block print.
Says Walz, “My collection has a human touch of line, of brush stroke, of textures, of translucent inks. The longer you look at these geometrical designs, the more you see variation and individual character.”
The design process began by sketching patterns with pencil on paper and hand-painting on linen, allowing the paint to bleed through the other side. Walz then scanned the patterns on the front of the linen and overlapped them with the textures created on the back. This process allowed for a “dual vision” of the patterns – both the front (“overlay) and the back (“underlay) of the image are available to the viewer simultaneously.
Select patterns in the collection were made available for preview to the NeoCon 2014 attendees last June.