Stormy Seas

Today we’re exploring the fine line between decayed city walls, abstract art, water, and plant life. Let these textured surfaces show you why.

• Jules Olitski’s Untitled of 1959 could be the crest of a wave, a murky horizon on a stormy day, or a city wall worn down by peeling paint. Olitski preferred to keep that ambiguity alive on the thick impasto surface.

• Yusuke Kagari’s Bags forgo the slickness of new leather in favor of surfaces that resemble decayed urban areas. He deliberately gives his work a decayed look to reflect the richness of concrete and steel eaten away the elements. His white-on-white bag is particularly interesting because it looks as if someone painted a thin layer over an uneven wall without changing its character.

• Xavier Phelp’s Interior of Gambia captures a decayed wall and chair in the town of Basse Santa Su.

• Bard Edlund’s photograph of Graffiti in New York resembles an abstract painting, or even a poem scroll from Edo Japan.

• Nicole’s Mountain Life depicts a textured surface that could just as easily be a peeling city wall as moss-covered tree bark.

• Christine Ness’ Frayed Window Screen is a window into another world – thread that turns into violent waves on black waters.

• Fringe’s Cowl is made of chunky off-white yarn and strips of fabric.

• Kristy Pace’s Vessel Sculpture recreates the twisted surface of scrap metal in clay.

• Laura Hewitt’s Bowl has a carved surface covered with bolts and strands of stoneware.

• Tina’s Men’s Ring is made of silver that’s been hammered and oxidized into a distressed texture.