work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in
a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of
harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure
and uncompromised, in its innermost structure...Theodore
What is texture?
Textures add to and enhance a work of art. Textures invite
further investigation. Texture may be illusionary, it may
be thickly layered, it may be hinted at or implied, it may
be impossible to over look. Whatever its incarnation, whatever
its role, texture has served to heighten art. From Van Gogh
and Monet to Pollock, artists have employed texture to express
emotion, to create layering and to achieve a pinnacle in
visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance
of something." Qualifiers such as "rough",
"smooth", "coarse", "silken",
"thin" and "thick" most often accompany
the term. "Texture", in art, describes two areas
of artistic phenomena: congruous and harmonic relationships
and the density of the simultaneous layering of different
artistic components. The simplest and most traditional use
of the term "texture" describes the "construction"
of a work of art. Defined by the number and variety of media,
techniques and materials used in performance, as well as
to the number of parts working together to produce the overall
Used as surface embellishments,
as language, they are aspects, which are an element of the
work of art. This show attempts to question and explore
the language of textures. Your work has articulated a preoccupation
and indeed a fascination with texture and the materiality
of surfaces and it would be wonderful if you would contribute
towards the show by submitting four works by 2003. Significant
questions that the show will attempt to explore include:
As a visual artist
what would you say is your fascination with texture?
What part does texture play in your art practice?
Does texture play a deciding role or it is more in the nature
of an embellishment?