Beauty In Negative Spaces!

23 Oct

I am once again taking an on-line Art History course from the MoMA. This time I am studying art from 1945-1989…A very interesting art period given the transitional period of post WWII, Madison Ave’s influences and a movement of political distrust.

Right now I am up to 1969, (week 4). The art during that time period started to focus on negative spaces…. The space where an object ends and your space begins. The space and relationship that was created due to something that is not in the emotional piece of the work.

A great example is Donald Judd’s 1967 “Untitled Stack.”The 9 inch spaces between the 9 inch industrial 3 dimensional stacks purposely voids the artist in his work. Judd also would argue, “Untitled Stack”   is the space between a painting and a sculpture. It’s mounted on the wall like a painting but yet it also does not stand alone like a sculpture.


But by 1969 the negative space was now the object of non-geometric, and non-ridged objects (anti-form), it was all about taking the “artist’s hand” out of the work (no visible brush strokes, etc) and it’s all about the (negative) space between the art, the environment and the viewer…

AND so that got me thinking…

…The question that begs to get asked…

Would the world (our relationships) be more artistic if we took ourselves out of our work?  Ridding ourselves of entitlements, preconceived notions, ideas, expectations, and insecurities…But instead focus on the space between us and the physical/emotional/spiritual world?

I mean, it just could be the most beautiful negative space in our lives!

4 Responses to “Beauty In Negative Spaces!”

  1. Charlotte October 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    I am in favor of any movement that rids people of their entitlement complexes.

  2. LIZ October 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Your post really makes me think and my brain could use that! As humans, the negative space could also be the part of ourselves that is yet unknown — what we haven’t experienced yet or what we haven’t learned yet. I believe that God wants to fill that space, but will we let Him? Or will we let in expectations, insecurities, pride, greed, etc. instead. As you would say… today that’s up to us.

    • asklotta October 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

      Now you’ve got my brain clicking…I think you are spot on regarding our “unknown” negative space. There is the known and unknown within us all. Where true inner-peace resides, when we drop the arrogance of being superior to God’s will. Thank you Liz for your thought provoking perspective…This is exactly what I love!

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