Surface Tensions: Surface, Finish and the Meaning of Objects by Glenn AdamsonSurface Tensions: Surface, Finish and the Meaning of Objects by Glenn Adamson

Surface Tensions: Surface, Finish and the Meaning of Objects

EditorGlenn Adamson, Victoria Kelley

Hardcover | November 30, 2013

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Surfaces are often held to be of lesser consequence than "deeper" or more "substantive" aspects of artworks and objects. Yet it is also possible to conceive of the surface in more positive terms: as a site where complex forces meet. Surfaces can be theorized as membranes, protective shells,sensitive skins, even thicknesses in their own right. The surface is not so much a barrier to content as an opportunity for encounter. Surface tensions includes sixteen essays that explore this theoretically uncharted terrain. The subjects range widely: domestic maintenance; avant-garde fashion; the faking of antiques; postmodern architecture and design; contemporary film costume. Of particular emphasis within the volume aretextiles, which are among the most complex and culturally rich materializations of surface. As a whole, the book provides insights into the whole lifecycle of objects, not just their condition when new. The contents will be of interest to any practitioner or scholar who considers the surface within their work, whether from the perspective of fine art, craft, design, history or anthropology.
Glenn Adamson is Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Victoria Kelley is Reader in Design and Material Culture History at University for the Creative Arts, and teaches in the School of Fashion and Textile Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Title:Surface Tensions: Surface, Finish and the Meaning of ObjectsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.49 × 6.61 × 0.79 inPublished:November 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0719087511

ISBN - 13:9780719087516


Table of Contents

Introduction; Glenn Adamson and Victoria Kelley
1. A Superficial Guide to the Deeper Meanings of Surface; Victoria Kelley
2. Surface and Practice; Lesley Millar
3. Layering: Materiality, Time and Touch in Japanese Lacquer; Christine Guth
4. Patina and the Bourgeoisie: the Appearance of the Past in Nineteenth-century Paris; Manuel Charpy
5. A Falsification of Temporality: Carpet Distressing in Morocco; Myriem Naji
6. Textiles and Time: Conservation and Public Response; Margaret Ponsonby 
7. Surface Engagements at Astana
8. 'No less dangerous to use than that of a Basilisk': Skin and Seventeenth Century English Embroideries; Mary Brooks
9. Colour, Language and Light in Mid-nineteenth Century Women's Fashion; Charlotte Nicklas
10. Wifedressing: Designing Femininity in 1950s American Fashion; Rebecca Arnold 
11. Long Coats, Flowing Fabrics: Fashioning Masculinity and Desire in Film and Television; Sarah Gilligan
12. Surface as Material, Material into Surface: Dialectic in C.C.P.; Ulrich Lehmann
13. Surface Recognition: Light and Reflection in Mid Nineteenth-century Drawing Rooms; Alice Barnaby 
14. A Theory of the Paint-by-number Surface; Stephen Knott
15. The Materiality of Print; Steve Brown
16. Substance Abuse: the Postmodern Surface; Glenn Adamson

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