surface / theme
Most often, the surface is where things happen, the point of contact. It is the gleanings and gleam of things. The surface is rarely flat and in fact may be quite complex. A mobius strip, for instance, twists and pleats the surface into a seemingly impossible configuration. Or consider the diverse experiences of the skin: the supple play of fingers on flesh, of tongue on neck, the caress of a lover or mother, the punch of a stranger. Or consider the way light enhances, hides, evokes, and disturbs the sheen of things: the surface is where we come to the world.
Themes represent basic categories of thought, emotion, or value. While our assignment of themes may at times seem arbitrary or whimsical, they serve to link together artists and movements along non- hierarchial pathways. Follow the themes to look for new disciplines that share qualities with those you already like, or to open up new worlds of Art and Culture.