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A vast space naturally raises in my thoughts the idea of an Almighty Being. (Joseph Addison)

Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought – particularly for people who cannot remember where they left things. (Woody Allen)

-on "the extraordinary human intervention into the so-called 'natural' world," October, 1997...
I am preoccupied by the fictional space inside paintings as self-contained parallel worlds. Places to explore the strangeness of a civilised, sophisticated species and its values. (Liz Arnold)

The ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery. (Luis Barragan)

There's no lack of void. (Samuel Beckett)

Height, width, and depth are the three phenomena which I must transfer into one plane to form the abstract surface of the picture, and thus to protect myself from the infinity of space. (Max Beckmann)

Space, and space again, is the infinite deity which surrounds us and in which we are ourselves contained. (Max Beckmann)

If you look at a lot of animated movies, they don't pay attention to how things move through space. (Brad Bird)

There must be an open space in the paintings – an entry space for the viewer, or even for me. Just white space where you can get into it. (Norbert Bisky)

Space is as infinite as we can imagine, and expanding this perspective is what adjusts humankind's focus on conquering our true enemies, the formidable foes: ignorance and limitation. (Vanna Bonta)

Through the years, a man peoples space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, tools, stars, horses, and people. Shortly before his death, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the image of his own face. (Jorge Luis Borges)

The space between the dish and the pitcher, that I paint also. (Georges Braque)

Chinese brush painting emphasizes space, not busy-ness. Rather it's about simplicity. (Nancy Chen)

It's a transformative experience to simply pause instead of immediately filling up the space. By waiting, we begin to connect with fundamental restlessness as well as fundamental spaciousness. (Pema Chodron)

I like empty spaces that are no longer occupied, although you can tell that people were once there. (Dick Cole)

Doughnut holes are made of the same thing as the hole in your toilet seat, but nobody ever publicizes that. (Megan Coughlin)

Shape your space. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

Arrange your personal space to support the way you work and live. (Jeff Davidson)

An artist who has traveled on a steam train, driven an automobile, or flown in an airplane doesn't feel the same way about form and space as one who has not. (Stuart Davis)

Always remember that in a painting color has a position, and a place, and it makes space. (Stuart Davis)

In a painting, space doesn't involve practical hazards. You can't break your neck in a painting. (Stuart Davis)

I would like the colors, their shapes and positions to be arrived at in response to and dictated by the condition of the total space at the time they are considered. (Richard Diebenkorn)

Two things are important if you are to achieve a sense of air and space – tone and temperature. (Leoni Duff)

It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves. (T. S. Eliot)

Once music ceases to be ephemeral - always disappearing - and becomes instead material... it leaves the condition of traditional music and enters the condition of painting. It becomes a painting, existing as material in space, not immaterial in time. (Brian Eno)

I discovered an invisible empire of the air. Intangible, yet solid as granite. (Lee De Forest)

Space seems to be such a confusing term. The closer we look at something, like what we are made of, the more space there seems to be. (Cindy Frostad)

We affirm depth as the only pictorial and plastic form of space. (Naum Gabo)

We must admit with humility that, while number is purely a product of our minds, space has a reality outside our minds, so that we cannot completely prescribe its properties a priori. (Karl Freiderich Gauss)

I like the idea of blank spaces and that they get filled. I also like blank spaces that are allowed to be. Some kind of creative tension arises from the nothingness. (Sandra Geller)

The heart of the problem is not so much how we see objects in depth, as how we see the constant layout of the world around us. Space, as such, empty space, is not visible, but surfaces are. (James J. Gibson)

You'd think that radio was around long enough that someone would have coined a word for staring into space. (Ira Glass)

To some extent I've always taken the architecture of the space into account. (Wade Guyton)

Sign-painters have the automatic advantage of painting the positive while being aware of the negative. That space between the letters has to be of a consistent visual weight. (Tony van Hasselt)

In the same way that there is a heartbeats' space between action and reaction, there is a gap - sometimes a chasm - between us and everything in our environment. In there, I believe we imbue people, animals, places and things with our 'shadow selves.' (Margot Hattingh)

Poetry is a big space and I love it. (Selima Hill)

There's the space that you soar into, the space that you sometimes break through to, and hang in. A sort of gasp or gap. (Selima Hill)

-on Pablo Picasso's later works...
These pictures may relate to an awareness that the journey to outer space is also the journey to innerspace. (David Hockney)

Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards. (Fred Hoyle)

Space is to place as eternity is to time. (Joseph Joubert)

I think I understand something about space. I think the job of a sculptor is spatial as much as it is to do with form. (Anish Kapoor)

Spatial art does not begin with a poetic mood or idea, but with construction of one or more figures, with the harmonizing of several colors and tones, or with the devaluation of spatial relationships and so on. (Paul Klee)

Pure, existential space was regularly winking at me, each time in a more impressive manner, and this sensation of total freedom attracted me so powerfully that I painted some monochrome surfaces just to 'see,' to 'see' with my own eyes what existential sensibility granted me: absolute freedom! (Yves Klein)

I used to get sent out to sketch with a pair of scissors and asked to bring back the space between things. (Tim Knox)

If I stretch my arms and wonder where my fingers are – that is all the space I need as a painter. (Willem de Kooning)

The idea of space is given to the artist to change if he can. The subject matter in the abstract is space. (Willem de Kooning)

Without negative space how would we appreciate the positive in our art and in our lives? (Dyan Law)

Good art is governed by the spaces the paint creates. (Susan Levenson)

Learn how to draw empty space. (Robert Levers)

We dig a well and create a huge pit. The space in the pit or well has not been created by us. We have just removed the earth which was filling the space there. The space was there then and is also there now. (Ramana Maharshi)

All space is space in which to create. (Eric Maisel)

Space plus whatever you feel equals more whatever you feel, marvelous for happiness, God save you otherwise. (Bernard Malamud)

Each work has its own space, which should neither be conceived as a sort of cage nor regarded as extending to infinity. (Marino Marini)

Each conquest of distance reveals greater distance. (Martin Marty)

Every object has a context - an object always is somewhere, and this 'somewhere' and the object are inseparably interdependent. Our perception of the object is greatly influenced by its context. (Mick Maslen)

It has been the drama of how we do or do not grasp space as we stand within it that has led me to construct much of my work. (John Massey)

The whole arrangement of my picture is expressive. The place occupied by the figures or objects, the empty spaces around them, the proportions, everything plays a part. (Henri Matisse)

The whole arrangement of my picture is expressive. The place occupied by the figures or objects, the empty spaces around them, the proportions, everything plays a part. (Henri Matisse)

The artist is drawing with dark marks and light spaces. With an eraser, the reverse is possible. (Richard McDaniel)

Darkness is to space what silence is to sound, i.e., the interval. (Marshall McLuhan)

Like the darkness of night creeping in and out at the edges of a campfire, the space between reminds me of drawing. (Wes Mills)

In my pictures there are tiny forms in vast empty spaces. Empty space, empty horizons, empty plains, everything that is stripped has always impressed me. (Joan Miro)

You begin by engaging the left hemisphere of the brain with the overall shape, the basic structure of the painting, and then eventually you engage with the colour, with the mood of the painting and then you are entering the activities of the right hemisphere - and it is in the right hemisphere that ideas of space are born, the realization that you are seeing space. (Guido Molinari)

You leave space for the body, imagining the other part even though it isn't there. (Henry Moore)

In its revolt against congestion and sordor, a space-hungry generation has, I fear, developed eyes that are bigger than its stomach. (Lewis Mumford)

Negative space takes an ability to 'see' something that is not there - and to provide a new form for what is there. (Leith Nance)

A painter is a choreographer of space. (Barnett Newman)

When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

When the time came for me to work with larger spaces, I conceived them as gardens, not as sites with objects but as relationships to a whole. (Isamu Noguchi)

Fill a space in a beautiful way. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

A hole is nothing at all, but you can break your neck in it. (Austin O'Malley)

I take space to be the central fact to man born in America. I spell it large because it comes large here. Large and without mercy. (Charles Olson)

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. (Blaise Pascal)

I can't stand to see any white space on my walls. My art covers every inch. (Edgar Paulik)

Each time I undertake to paint a picture I have a sensation of leaping into space. I never know whether I shall fall on my feet. It is only later that I begin to estimate more exactly the effect of my work. (Pablo Picasso)

You can view what's on the surface of the painting or you can look deeper into space to view other worlds. (Aleta Pippin)

I was never one to paint space, I paint air. (Fairfield Porter)

My paintings should become objects into which one could float, as in water, so that one's mind is hung... suspended, and the emanation of the painting would penetrate into people's consciousness. (Douglas Portway)

The way I paint, the scale of the information in the images which I want to paint demand space. (Joseph Raffael)

The peculiarity of sculpture is that it creates a three-dimensional object in space. Painting may strive to give on a two-dimensional plane, the illusion of space, but it is space itself as a perceived quantity that becomes the peculiar concern of the sculptor. We may say that for the painter space is a luxury; for the sculptor it is a necessity. (Herbert Read)

The gaps between the forms worry me. I can never get these spaces right... (Paula Rego)

In my earlier paintings, I wanted the space between the picture plane and the spectator to be active. It was in that space, paradoxically, the painting 'took place.' Then, little by little, and to some extent deliberately, I made it go the other way, opening up an interior space... so that there was a layered, shallow depth. (Bridget Riley)

-Where the Sidewalk Ends...
It's amazing the difference / A bit of sky can make. (Shel Silverstein)

One hopes that each piece contains enough space for several narratives. (Kiki Smith)

Spaces between the forms, or the negative shapes, play just as great a role as the positives and they enable you to check the accuracy of your drawing. The positives make the negatives and negatives make the positives. (Stan Smith)

Space, the wonderful something in nothing. (William Carmen Soyak III)

Inner space is so much more interesting, because outer space is so empty. (Theodore Sturgeon)

The dimension that counts for the creative person is the space he creates within himself. This inner space is closer to the infinite than the other, and it is the privilege of the balanced mind... and the search for an equilibrium is essential – to be as aware of inner space as he is of outer space. (Mark Tobey)

We turn clay to make a vessel, but it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the vessel depends. (Lao Tzu)

The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion. (John Updike)

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. (John Updike)

Who would believe that so small a space could contain the images of the whole universe? (Leonardo da Vinci)

Circles create soothing space... (Margaret J. Wheatley)

It is difficult to explain the difference between 'good' space and 'bad' space until you see an example of the bad. Then it becomes abundantly clear. (Jim Willett)

For me, there are three sets of things painting does, but all painters do them differently, and that's what's interesting. These are: opening out a space or closing it up; making something full or empty (how you divide a canvas, making it shrink, or keep its size); and the simple opposition of positive and negative. (Gary Wragg)

Space is the breath of art. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

The hardest thing is to make this little space for yourself where you can think and not get inundated with other stuff coming in. (Catherine Yass)

Not all work can be merely scaled up to paint bigger. Representing space, or creating a feeling of being in a vast space, is a kind of microcosm v. macrocosm dichotomy. If you look down a microscope you see lots of detail. If you look up at a blue sky you see lots of nothing. (Brian Crawford Young)

I can really recommend a beautifully but sparsely furnished room with empty walls! (Semir Zeki)


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