I think that light makes material space … light is really the primary form of our habitation and makes surfaces come to life.
The surface holds what we project into it. It is an active site of exchange between subject and object.
Two sides of the border
of mark making
Lines of travel
eye follows line
of divide – lit
spill on surface
of solid geometry
Celestial movement in concrete
Cascade of perseids?
Constellations and star signs?
From the atlas of green worlds and frozen seas
From the atlas of mutant landscapes
Where the striped fish, with no name, shoal in the ocean of lambent light
Emerging language: futurescape
The point at which surface folds
New ecological imaginaries
Ambivalence of the non-human world
When the colour & texture of the sky triggers a memory of James Turrell in the Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon.
High sun burns over thin snow. The very last snowball harvest.
New languages of underfoot
Interiors of darkness
Out of darkness
a huddle of shadows
settle to stillness
From the silence
of a whispered judgement
Material Surface / Mental Space
Optic / Haptic
Interior / Exterior
Local / Global
Past / Present
Present / Future
Public / Private
Found / Lost
Now playing: Lawrence English – ‘A Surface for Everything’ from A Colour for Autumn.
Giuliana Bruno, Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 2014).
Photographs from: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Koganei Park, Koganei, Tokyo; Meiji Shrine, Tokyo; Rosyth Station; Inverkeithing Station; Grounds of The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Abandoned railway carriage, Turnhouse Road, Edinburgh; Fife Coastal Path; Museu Colecção Berardo; Rosyth Churchyard; Lisbon; South Bridge, Edinburgh; Shinjuku, Tokyo; House Interior; Koganei, Tokyo.
11 replies on “The Surface is a Zone of Encounter (An Assemblage)”
These images are wonderful!
Another lesson in looking. Great stuff!
Such beautiful images, especially Emerging Future Landscape. Also very much appreciate the James Turrell reference.
Thanks Lawrence. Was lucky enough to see some of Turrell’s work in Edinburgh as part of a wider exhibition. Made a big impression on how space can be reconfigured with light.
Epic. Room for a video piece here I think ..?
Thanks Steve although video may be beyond my technology abilities:-)
If you’re interested in some help there, I might be up for it!
So much to tantalise the imagination