The Surface is a Zone of Encounter (An Assemblage)

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.

Giuliana Bruno


Two sides of the border



    of mark making




Lines of travel




Whilst waiting

eye follows line

of divide    –  lit

spill      on surface

softening shapes

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

(in process)



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



Spectrum edge

Light cuts



Interiors of darkness

Draped, infolding



Out of darkness

a huddle of shadows

settle to stillness


From the silence

quiet violence

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.

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9 Responses to The Surface is a Zone of Encounter (An Assemblage)

  1. dobraszczyk says:

    These images are wonderful!

  2. Alan Nance says:

    Another lesson in looking. Great stuff!

  3. 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.

  4. stevedsmart says:

    Epic. Room for a video piece here I think ..?

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