Deleuze’s Bacon

| May 5, 2012

Everything is divided into diastole and systole, with repercussions at each level.  The systole, which contracts the body, goes from the structure to the Figure, while the diastole, which extends and dissipates it, goes from the Figure to the structure.  But there is already a diastole in the first movement, when the body extends itself in order to better close in on itself; and there is a systole in the second movement, when the body is contracted in order to better escape from itself; and even when the body is dissipated, it still remains contracted by the forces that seize hold of it in order to return it to its surroundings.  The coexistence of all these movements in the painting … is rhythm.

-from Deleuze’s book on Bacon, p.33