The Idea of this blog is to open a debate about the different conceptions that the term “Space” has, specially within an Architecture context.
Trough the years, the concept of Space has been attracting the attention not only of architects, but thinkers and artists.
So the questions emerges: Is the space an exclusive matter for architects? What is space, really means?
These an more questions will be the topic of further posts.
The Notion of Space in Edward Hopper’s paintings.
Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Was an American painter who’s work (almost all of his paintings) is charged with a great sense of space and atmosphere. He was greatly influenced by the everyday life of the ordinary people. His “scenes” theatrically reflects not only the environment but the mood of the characters.
In those scenes we can identify what we call “spacial components” such as depth, scale, atmosphere, we also see emptiness, void, etc…
For example “In Edward Hopper’s most famous piece, Nighthawks, there are four customers and a waiter, who are in a brightly lit diner at night. It was a piece created during a wartime; and many believe that their disconnect with the waiter, and with the external world, represent the feelings of many Americans during this period, because of the war. The piece was set up in 1942, in the Art Institute of Chicago, and was seen by many people while it was on exhibit for a show.”
Not only in “Nighthawks” but in several of his paintings we can perceive that sense of solitude which is related with the atmosphere of the spaces ad the way they’re related or connected with the external context.