Infinite Space Drawing
Here’s a fun project that will allow you to explore new ways of understanding both the illusion of space, inexorably grappled with by artists throughout history, and the inherent flatness of your paper’s surface. These two ideas collide (or reach a peaceful harmony) below. And attempting to draw the impossible (something not visible) will allow you to think and make in new ways, without the need for direct representation.
On a large piece of paper, make a CIRCULAR drawing of INFINITE SPACE. To begin, draw a FREEHAND circle on your paper as large as you can make it. Cut the circle out.
Your piece can be representational, abstract, fantastical, surreal, or??
HOW you draw – form and content. This should not be an illustration, but a hands on, process-based drawing
Mark Grotjahn / Eve Aschheim / Vija Celmins / Daniel Zeller / Terry Winters / MC Escher / Optical art / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinity
Does infinity exist in our physical universe: Are there an infinite number of stars? Does the universe have infinite volume? Does space “go on forever”? This is an open question of cosmology. Note that the question of being infinite is logically separate from the question of having boundaries. The two-dimensional surface of the Earth, for example, is finite, yet has no edge. By travelling in a straight line one will eventually return to the exact spot one started from. The universe, at least in principle, might have a similar topology. If so, one might eventually return to one’s starting point after travelling in a straight line through the universe for long enough.
If, on the other hand, the universe was not curved like a sphere but had a flat topology, it could be both unbounded and infinite. The curvature of the universe can be measured through multiple moments in the spectrum of the cosmic background radiation. As to date, analysis of the radiation patterns recorded by the WMAP spacecraft hints that the universe has a flat topology. This would be consistent with an infinite physical universe.
However, the universe could also be finite, even if its curvature is flat. An easy way to understand this is to consider two-dimensional examples, such as video games where items that leave one edge of the screen reappear on the other. The topology of such games is toroidal and the geometry is flat. Many possible bounded, flat possibilities also exist for three-dimensional space.