To Read A Drawing

By Peter Eisenman

Peter Eisenman (1932), House II, 1968. Ink on paper, 290 × 102 mm. DMC 1802r.

What is it to read a drawing? Traditionally, we read writing and see drawing. But if we transgress that custom, then we accrue to drawing the privilege of the autonomy of the reader. If we limited ourselves to seeing drawings as drawings then there would be no possibility of unhooking signs from objects … (1983)