Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Control of Positive and Negative Space

Quoting the assignment:

"Design and arrange three identical patterns in sufficient tension with one another to create three negative shapes that have an exchange value with the positive shapes."

Do we have an exchange value here? My initial impression is that the white shapes are where I go first. I can shift my focus to the black shapes, but I seem to gravitate back to the white shapes.

There are examples of successful Notan images described as:

"...demonstrates that the artist has ceased to discount the invisible as nonexistent and now gives it an equal reality with the positive."


  1. This is cool! I wasn't quite sure where you were going with these strips when I saw your previous post but now I understand. I too, see the white first. I wonder if you just pushed them closer together to minimize the white space ever so slightly if that would create the elusive 'equality'?
    ~ gretchen

  2. Yes, exactly! This evening, in between shoveling sessions, I will slip them a bit closer. Then let us see if we reach Notan! :-)