Concept of space, an artist, studio




Luca Sguanci opens the doors of his studio to invite the public to meet and experience his intimate world. The artist inherited the workspace from his father who was also an artist, famous for his sculptures.  Luca’s father passed away a few years ago and the ambience of his studio captures a sense of him and his work. Luca has increased the value of the space with his creative activity and he is now sharing the memory of the past and his future projects with his audience. Sguanci’s studio is not an archive but a relational space where objects exist and relate to each other.

The notion of space has intrigued many philosophers over the centuries.  One of them is the French philosopher Henry Lefebvre who writes about this topic in  “The production of space”.  In his work, Lefebvre defines the concept of space by breaking it down to notions such as absolute space, mental space, social space, space through language and pictorial space. The professor David Harvey, who has also worked on this topic and extends even further the concept of space, quotes Lefebvre.  Harvey uses the term as a key word to construct phrases such as space of fear, of play, of dreams, of anger, of physics, of capital, of geopolitical tension, of hope and of memory.[1]  In Harvey’s research the space is divided into absolute, relative and relational space. Absolute space is fixed space where plans, events and the monopoly of control is taking place. This is a space of matter that can be mapped and measured. Relative space represents the movement of people, goods, services and information and all depends of money, time energy and distance. This understanding of the space is associates with Carl Friedrich Gauss, Einstein and the non-Euclidean geometries. Relational space is associates with the German philosopher Leibniz. This notion defines the space by looking at the objects and their relationship in the space. Harvey also point out that processes and actions do not simply occur in space but they define their own spatial frame. As a conclusion in this paper, Harvey states that according to him space cannot be considered separately but always in a relation to absolute, relative and relational space.

Sguanci’s studio is a physical space,  which embodies the cohabitation of sculptures, drawings and paintings but also represents a space of play, of work and of memories. The human interactions within the space create a unique ambience where emotions, memories and dreams cannot be measured and can only be expressed by creativity and their representation in Luca’s paintings.

[1] Space as a key word, David Harvey paper for Marx and Philosophy Conference, 29 May 2004, Institute of Education, London