surface

Surface might
suggest  superficial, flat, having no depth, no height, no body, no volume

Surface might
have porous, semi-permeable properties –  allow things through, block other things, absorb, deflect, reflect, shield, cover, enfold, connect things

Surface might
quietly lie, be engaged in material relations and processes of time

Surface might
appear only when marked, framed, scarred, dented, defaced, folded, lit, dented, cut, stained, dirty, broken

Surface might
be visible from distance and touched by proximity (Brian Massumi)

Surface might
be skin, my skin, your skin – or the earth’s crust

Surface might
activate material, political, architectural, mathematical, conceptual 

Surface might
extend, be limitless, expansive in all directions along a two-dimensional plane

Surface might
trigger images of Trisha Brown’s moving-drawing on paper with pastel in It’s a Draw/Live Feed, Ana Mendieta’s Silueta series in mud, earth, tree,  Helen Frankenthaler’s  soaked canvasses of pigment paint,  Carolee Schneeman swingings-hangings-writings, Agnes Martin’s Morning.

Surface might
remind of Pollock’s Five Fathom Full, Toni Orrico’s Penwald Drawings, Artaud’s writings-drawings, Cy Twombly’s Untitled, Mike Kelley’s Lumpenprole,  Acconci’s Seedbed.

Surface might
invite digging, burning, drawing, gesturing, marking, composing, layering, piling, working-low, lower-than low, working-with and on the ground

Surface might
indicate a beneath, on, over, in, above – floating, sinking, rising, leaning

Surfaces might be coinciding  –  reciprocally touching

kb 5th Oct 2013

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