The elusive -- indeed, perhaps the illusory -- boundary separating architecture and art is central to the aesthetic of Baltimore artist Tim Thompson, who has built a new installation on display at Goucher College's Rosenberg Gallery through March 3.
Commissioned by the college in honor of the new Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Arts Center, Mr. Thompson's installation is a series of four walls covered with a corrugated fiberglass. These are positioned to create the illusion that they bisect the asymmetrical walls of the gallery, inviting myriad contemplations of the relationships between the installation and the space it inhabits.
Most intriguing is the structured progression of texture and/or color of the walls as one moves clockwise through the space. Moving from a neutral gray hue, Mr. Thompson gradually adds more brilliant color, culminating with a wall at the far end of the space in which portions of the fiberglass have been torn away. The openings reveal the "stud" wall, familiar in house construction, in front of a black background painted with thin diagonal lines. Inevitably, the brilliant colors of the third wall give way to a final solid wall, this time one made of translucent fiber