Andrew Dubow Presentation

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Notes on Surface and Material: First I would like to define these two words. Oxford English dictionary defines Surface as: The outermost part of a solid object considered with respect to its form, texture, or extent; an exterior of a particular form or finish. 

The outermost boundary (or one of the boundaries) of any material object, immediately adjacent to air, fluid, or empty space, or to another object;

The most superficial layer or element of anything; that part or aspect which is apparent on casual consideration; outward appearance.

A continuous extent having only two dimensions (length and breadth, without thickness), whether plane or curved, finite or infinite; an entity such as constitutes the boundary of a solid object (sense 2a) or separates two adjacent portions of space

Its synonyms include: External, apparent, covering, depthless, extteror, facial, outer, outside, outward, shallow, top, superficial.

Material is defined as: Senses relating to physical substance. The constituent, intrinsic, or essential parts of something

The matter or substance from which a thing is or may be made The tools, equipment, or other items needed for a particular activity. 

Its synonyms include: Concrete, physical, substantial, noticeable, obersvable, palpable, percepituble, seeable, sensible, tangible, touchable, visible, objective, phenomenal, bulky, heavy, hefty, massive, ponderious, solid, weighty.


-Now that I have defined these two words using a traditional source, I will now try and convey and define the meaning I feel about these words. Surface is the outermost and visible layer of an object, material, or existing thing. The surface of the sky can be seen from the human eye, so I would consider non-tactile things surfaces. Most surfaces are tactical and are mostly objects and materials. Surface refers to the finish or look of an objects exterior, which is usually the first and only thing one sees when looking at something with a surface. A surface can be smooth and flat or it can have depth meaning bumpy, rough, or unfinished. I would define this as texture, which is part of the surface, but is what lays on a surface. Material is related to surface and texture because all matrerials have these things. A material intrinsically has a seeable surface and it always have a texture whether flat or otherwise. These words co-exist and depend on each other and that is where my interest lies. I am interested in making my own surfaces on materials of my choosing. The way I usually make-work is by going out, finding and buying the material (which is a long process) and combining these materials to create an arrangement of surfaces. These prefab surfaces and materials are wonderful, but what if I could create my own surfaces and choose the material that has a surface of my making on it. If I could have complete control of my aesthetic and conceptual vision through digital manipulation of a surface. If I could write an algorithm to create customized surfaces which could be milled into any material. I also make modular parts of molds to create multisided objects with the surface, texture or pattern I create. Use this after I leave here so I create new surfaces and get them printed.


Here is a link to my presentation: File:Surface D-3D.pptx