Chapter 6 explores the many ways in which artists have addressed space in their work. When an artist draws a simple shape on papera square, a circle, any shapethey have really created two things: the shape, and the space that surrounds it. When the artist begins to draw larger shapes on the same paper, these new shapes appear closer. If shapes overlap one another, then the artist is working with "illusory space."
This chapter describes many techniques artists employ in order to suggest the illusion of three-dimensional space on a flat surface. Chapter 6 also introduces some of the terms necessary for understanding "actual space"the volumetric space that we all live in, and the same space that artists who work three-dimensionally must address.
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Chapter 6 begins with a mention of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, and its impact on the perception of space at the beginning of the twentieth century. What has impacted our concept of space at the beginning of the twenty-first century? Space is a construction of shapes and masses. We grasp space through illusionthat is the way we represent it. We might do this through scientific perspective, simple overlapping, or a complex computer generation. Space remains important for the modern artists who tend to distort it in a denial of verisimilitude. Space is the area where art takes place, where almost anything is possible.