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How Negative Spaces Make Art

An exploration of missing pieces and lost memories

Black Square (1915), by Kazimir Malevich. Source Wikimedia Commons

I recently took down a picture that had been hanging on my study wall for years. The space left behind was a subtle square where the wall had faded. It was, I realised, an impression of absence.

This negative space also had the quality of being “discovered”, something dug-up, revealed beneath something…

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