What is it about space that makes us feel so wonderful, so elated, looking up high in the night sky, it appears so beautiful, tranquil, its silence captivating, a sleeping universe, falling not tumbling…still and mesmerising. Though we know it’s anything but benevolent, its reality, too stark, too brutal for our senses, dangerous, severe, punishing to our meagre ant bodies. Why is it that space, large open spaces, affects us so much? In the arts domain, it’s the space around the art piece that draws our attention to the object. Anything can be made to look stunning, given the right directive. How often I have observed the space around a painting or a sculpture and thought, wow, this is what makes the art piece stand out, whilst on other occasions, I’ve looked at something in a claustrophobic environment, doesn’t matter how good the work is, it’s lost in a place confounded with other bits.
2001 A Space Odyssey, is one of those films which anyone with any inclination toward the aesthetic, appreciates as an artistic masterpiece.
The Space Station. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Not only does it encapsulate the harmonic feelings of space, demonstrating the dance of its planetary pieces, the universe captured in filmic beauty, a cosmology of exquisiteness, but it also pleases other senses in its encapsulation of music, Kubrick certainly had an understanding for perfection, he knew how to place things, where to place them, and how to frame them in balanced movement. Art spaces attempt the same thing, capturing in a minor form, a mere snapshot of Kubrick’s moving image. It’s all about the space, though in a world, i.e. London, where there’s so little of it, you’d have to have a fair few pennies to be able to show off your artwork with any grace. Seems like a selfish idea really when you think about all the people who cannot entertain any notion of space.
Some beautiful art spaces below:
And nature’s artistry: