Maija Rudovska

  • picks October 19, 2020

    “FAKTURA (FOR A NERVOUS SPIRIT)”

    The term Faktura—which translates literally  to “facture” but encompasses a wider understanding of surface—traces back to Latvia’s avant-garde. In the last year of his life, the Riga-born artist and theorist Voldemārs Matvejs—then living in Saint Petersburg and writing under the name Vladimir Markov—penned an essay entitled “The Principles of Creativity in the Plastic Arts: Faktura” (1914) in which he approached materiality and texture as qualities containing endless possibility.

    Matvejs’s ideas were informed by his study of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and Northern Asia; his photographs of