Curated Collection: Negative Space
It’s time for another Curated Collection! This month’s theme is Negative Space. Negative space is the space in an artwork, be that in a painting, photograph, or even a sculpture that is not used – basically, the opposite of the image. Negative space may not seem important at first, but it can really set the tone for a picture, and determine whether or not an image has aesthetic appeal.
Arrest 3, acrylic on linen, Bridget Riley
I find that negative space can lend a lot of visual impact to a work – rather than seeing the subject of a painting and then being absorbed in the detail of a background, we are given the subject and nothing else. Coloured or textured examples of this type of space are really interesting because they really show that the space is deliberate, and that the artist wants you to focus particularly on the object or the foreground of the image. I like the way that colour and texture can determine if the space is going to be quiet, or if it seems to try to overtake the subject – either of which can lend a dynamism to a painting of an otherwise mundane subject.
Untitled (Horse), oil, Susan Rothenberg
This collection features works by Joni Belaruski, Robert Porazinski, Cameron McLellan, Bridget Riley, Sol Lewitt and Susan Rothenberg.
Wall Drawing #343, Sol Lewitt