‘If edges define the outer borders of form, as they enclose and shape any given thing, then are the solid walls of the printed letters defined, at the threshold of black and white?’
Edges are a matter of decentralisation; they pull us out to the very end of a given matter and define its outer borders. Whether understood as theory or physical material, the edge will always be one of enclosure and thus defining extent as well as form. Edges bring the ‘something’ to its end, (where the ‘something’ range from objects, places, temporal events, stories, words and even thoughts), and shape an either impermeable termination or a porous and open end.
(In architecture, these two kinds of closed and open edges form the most fundamental elements; the impermeable borders of walls and roofs – which essentially protect man from his surroundings – and the boundaries of doors and windows which, on the contrary, establish the encounter with the outside world.)
Even though the edge is essential for the very existence of a ‘something’, its ambiguity is ever-present; the edge simultaneously unifies and separates, creates and dissolves. Edges implies that something still is, yet, at the same time, the same thing is approaching a non-existence; its end. Like the horizon, the edge is both visible and invisible, being on its most precise at its very point of disappearance. The edge exists as it starts to dissolve.
The edge contains and defines form – yet it has no form on its own. It will never be ‘fixed’ as it moves towards the immaterial – towards a mere idea. We will never fully see the actual edge – we can only recognise its outcomes of intentions, meanings and confrontations; as a meeting between two parts, where a new relationship is established.
On the outermost borders of the edge – at its very end – there will always be an imminent presence of what is to come. When the given matter ends, something else is inevitably going to appear. The edge, whether being physical, geographical or psychological, opens up to what is yet unknown; to the unpredictable. This opening is, in the end, an invitation for imagination and thought; the edge encourages and activates projections, visions and dreams. Through its closure, the edge opens up and unfolds.