chapter  4
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Aesthetic Space

Drawing, Painting, and the Meaning of Everything
ByPaul Crowther

This chapter offers some general speculations on the meaning of space and self-consciousness. It discusses the creation of pictorial space and the main strategies for unifying it. In making drawings and paintings and in appreciating how they are made, there is a way of finding a secure point of orientation that compensates for ambiguities and awkwardness in how we understand space as such. Space and its contents form series of events and objects, but nothing in space can explain the nature of space itself. Space is not neutral when it comes to human being. It has its own symbolic rhythms of virtual animation which reflect those that govern the coming to be and passing away of life itself. Painting suggests a space composed from the things in it, whilst drawing suggests space as an absolute entity from which individual bits emerge.