What is (and is not) "Negative Space"? (And how do you use it.)

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Re: What is (and is not) "Negative Space"? (And how do you use it.)

SonyOB wrote:

Negative space is not necessarily formless. It is in this image, but it is not always. Granted that negative space has no distinct border between what is and what isnt.

How/why no distinct border?

That wasn't my statement...


...What I think it means is that the void (negative space) yearns to be filled which is a job for the viewer's imagination. What he/she fills it with, might or might not be.

This is my interpretation of the idea. Negative space in graphic art seems to mean one specific thing where light and shadow or color contrast are used to produce two different interpretations of the same image. This is not the case in 'ma' where you just silently 'know' what the empty space contains, it is not thrown at your face like in this brilliant example below:

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