The first word that comes to my mind when I think of space is negative space. I see negative space as the space that helps create the positive space around it. Negative space is like a wallflower of sorts and the positive space becomes the social butterfly of an image. I think that both are, and should be, of equal importance. For any work in any medium to be successful there has to be a balanced attention to both spaces; for there to be a positive space, there has to be a negative space.
With this project of space I am interested in working with paper. Last year in my Drawing 1 class I had created a work using three layers of paper. I recorded the sounds of our studio room during class by marking the page and later cutting out the various sized scribbles. Arranging the paper in a wavy motion, one behind the other, I created layers of negative spaces between each page. I find paper to be a very versatile medium so I would like to go into more depth with this concept of layering the negative spaces.
This brought me to the idea of using pages in a book. I am either going to create my own book or use a sketchbook, depending on the time constraints. With using a book I make or a sketchbook I would leave the pages blank except for the negative space that would be cut out. Also, with the blank pages, there would be a delicate quality to the edges of the negative space, rather than using pages with text on them (which would add a density to the work). I will be creating images of an open space: an empty parking lot, field, sky, bathtub; anything that can be empty. This plays with the idea of the empty space of the page transforming into an image of emptiness. Even though I am discussing the concept of negative space, what I will be cutting out in the image is the positive space. I decided to cut out the positive space due to the fact that when all of the pages are compiled and compressed together, the negated positive space will then create a negative space.
I have researched artists who work in either negative space, paper, or with books as their main medium. Some that I have really enjoyed were:
Simon Schubert http://www.simonschubert.de/papierarbeiten.html ,
Jen Khoshbin http://www.jenkhoshbin.com/manipulation , and
Emma Van Leest http://www.emmavanleest.com/home/
These were the three artists that I found that have the delicate, fragile quality that I would like to emulate in my work.
I would love to hear your feedback with any questions or comments you have. I also want to know how using a readymade book or one that I create could or would change the end result of the work (that is the one component of this piece that I am still thinking through). Your advice would be most appreciated!