Passage #504: 15 May 2019
Figures and Grounds
As the density of a drawing increases, there comes a point at which the appearance of figure and ground inverts. As lines accumulate, their mass begins to form a solid field and the negative spaces emerge as objects. Say, for instance, in a cumulative map. If one consistently seeks out new paths of travel, over time the individual routes converge and the contours of the cemeteries, the schools, the film studios, and the gated communities become increasingly well-defined. And, while options for novel routes diminish, those remaining options do also become more clear. Indeed, in many places, the roads not taken will stand out like those impassable sites, rivers of white streaking across the dark ground of past explorations. This week, then, we’ll navigate a few of those rivers.