Today under the microscope we will study the surface imperfections, spinosity and smoothness, in other words, everything that we feel whilst touching surfaces, all the tactile memories that have been recorded from birth in our subconscious, and that emerge on just seeing a recognizable texture.
At the dawn of Russian avant-garde many artists-researchers didn’t just attach particular importance to texture, all of them shared a conclusion that texture is one of the strongest influential instruments, not only in painting.
In polygraphic industry texture became a necessary aspect of design. The nature of the surface has a strong impact on the result. Thick cardboard with stamp printing or textured paper can make an object unique. Just look at this Mandate Press business card, you can feel the texture by just touching the cardboard.
Or a simple invitation. It’s my firm belief that precisely texture turns a two-dimensional object into a volumetric one. A business card like that possesses not only visual characteristics but three-dimensional too. And the object is already one of spatial design.
I will put photo art next to the polygraphic industry. The search for texture and its collecting stand out into a separate direction. Millions of photographers hunt rare unpublished texture. I can give you a couple of my own exhibits as an example.
I can briefly state that texture in interior and architecture is ranked third after tectonics and construction. Texture is an expedient use of materials which does not limit tectonics. A whole separate article can be written on its role in architecture.