Surface Interest

October 29, 2014

Text by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

Consider the curve, the crevice, the cavity, the cable. Ruminate on the rocky, the rough, the rustic, the ever-so-slightly ruined. Seems there’s a sudden interest in objects whose surfaces are anything but unruffled.

It would be too obvious—and old news—to suggest that this fascination with tactile experience is in response to a technological world rife with the sleek and the smooth. Instead, might it symbolize the messy, sometimes unpredictable nature of everyday life? Whatever the reason, inherent in the pieces we’ve assembled here is a sense of spirit and style that inevitably rises to the surface.