The art of negative space

No! I am not dead! Just writing. And at the moment trying to find a way to discuss cognitive leaps through the idea of negative space.

For those who don’t know what that means, I found this post, too good not to share – The art of negative space: 15 amazing examples.


And I will post soon, promise.

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7 Responses to The art of negative space

  1. JTV says:

    Hi Lisa
    You talking here about `mu’?
    If so – I also once did a comic vaguely related to all this…
    PS – Just curious – Why do you have the cover of `The Body Artist’ here?
    (I love DeLillo’s work, BTW… but have not read that one… I love `White Noise’ and a few others of his…)

    • I wasn’t talking about ‘mu’ but thanks for the link – interesting stuff.

      Also, like the dog and the comments there, it is interesting how we make meaning even when we are purposely trying not to.

      And the DeLillo cover is just a pretty example of one pic in the negative space of the other – it has nothing to do with the book, which I haven’t got round to reading.


      • JTV says:

        Aha! Gotcha. Thanks Lisa.

      • JTV says:

        Ah… (sound of penny dropping) and I now actually looked closely at the DeLillo cover image and see what you mean.
        ie Gestalt switches. Same as the vase/faces, the rabbit/duck and the Necker cube, etc. Interesting!

      • JTV says:

        And now, I finally actually clicked the link above: and am more or less, totally up to speed. LOL.
        Sorry if you knew this already – you might find Kuhn’s `Structure of Scientific Revolutions’ (1962) interesting re: gestalt switches. eg: from Chalmers “What Is This Thing Called Science?” (2000)
        `Kuhn likens scientific revolutions to gestalt switches, to religious conversions and political revolutions. Kuhn uses these comparisons to stress the extent to which the change of allegiance on the part of a scientist from one paradigm to another cannot be brought about by rational argument appealing to generally accepted criteria.’ (Chalmers 2000: 123)
        `The way scientists view a particular aspect of the world will be guided by a paradigm on which they are working. Kuhn argues that there is a sense in which proponents of rival paradigms are “living in different worlds”… The change of allegiance on the part of individual scientists from one paradigm to an incompatible alternative is likened by Kuhn to a “gestalt switch” or a “religious conversion”. ’ (Chalmers 2000: 114-5)

  2. Jono, The Educational(ist) says:

    I highly recommend ‘In Praise of Shadows’ by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki (if you haven’t yet read it) for an interesting Japanese-cultural perspective on emptiness and negative space. It’s quite a beautiful read too. I eagerly await your next post! 🙂

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