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Note: Please view in slide show mode Usually found bottom right of screen This power point has animation effects and will not display properly unless viewed in slide mode. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you Jeremy Leatinu’u Schools Education Manager Te Tuhi Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom Ph: 09 577 0138 ext 7703 Jeremy@tetuhi.org.nz
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During the next few lessons we will be exploring… Positive and negative space Copy vs Original The Art of Casting Image:http://www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com/bigmap/manhattan/uppermanhattan/hamiltonheights/ellisonmemorial/index.htmhttp://www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com/bigmap/manhattan/uppermanhattan/hamiltonheights/ellisonmemorial/index.htm
Let’s start this lesson by exploring “Postive and negative space”. Image: http://www.murderati.com/positive-and-negative-spaces/http://www.murderati.com/positive-and-negative-spaces/
What is negative and positive space? If we think about an object say a chair or stool, we can see there are positive and negative spaces. Let’s take a look…
Here is a stool… Let’s turn the lights off to help see where the positive and negative spaces are. The stool has become white. This tells us that this is positive space. Everything around the stool is black. This tells us that this is negative space. Image: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/51127207/29_Rubber_Wood_Bar_Stool.htmlhttp://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/51127207/29_Rubber_Wood_Bar_Stool.html
Text: http://artinspired.pbworks.com/w/page/13819678/Positive%20and%20Negative%20Spacehttp://artinspired.pbworks.com/w/page/13819678/Positive%20and%20Negative%20Space To help remember I was told… “for every positive shape there is a negative space surrounding it”.
Image:http://izmostock.photoshelter.com/image/I0000XyuYtK5Pacohttp://izmostock.photoshelter.com/image/I0000XyuYtK5Paco Let’s look at some complicated shapes and find the positive and negative space. Where would the positive space be in this picture? The positive space is the car which would mean the space around the car is the negative. Let’s try another picture…
Looking at this night time photograph, where would the positive space be in this picture? The sky tower and surrounding buildings become the positive space in this picture. Which means the night sky is the negative space. Image: http://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?id=58417http://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?id=58417 Let’s try another picture…
Looking at this photograph, where would the positive spaces be in this picture? The stationary makes up the positive space. Which means the green table is the negative space. Image:http://cctmdev2.londonmet.ac.uk/jem0338/coursework2/webpages/http://cctmdev2.londonmet.ac.uk/jem0338/coursework2/webpages/ Let’s take a look at how negative and positive space is used to make art…
Artist Peter Wegner takes photographs of tall buildings with the sky in the centre.When showing his photographs Peter likes to display them upside down. This creates interesting shapes and changes in the image and landscape. Image: http://bagofbrains.com/2011/01/18/buildings-sky-peter-wegner/ http://blog.sfmoma.org/2012/01/collection-rotation33/ The dark buildings and cars are the positive space and sky in the background is the negative space. The photograph now makes us look at the shape of the sky, which now looks like a tall building made of sky. The sky originally negative, now appears as positive space. The buildings which were positive, now appear as negative space. Peter’s photographs use positive and negative space to help us see the world in a different way. Can you find the positive space in both photographs?
Image: http://www.artfund.org/artwork/8597/untitled-stairshttp://www.artfund.org/artwork/8597/untitled-stairs Artist Rachel Whiteread creates large and unusual sculptures that look like the inside of buildings and houses. Like artist Peter Wegner and his photographs, Rachel uses negative and positive space to create art that makes us see things that we may not have seen at first. With this artwork Rachel was interested in the negative space surrounding the staircase. She decided to fill and cast the negative space in concrete. How did she fill and cast the negative space around the staircase? Let’s take a look… Here is a stair case made from wood. The stair case is the positive space and the space around it is the negative space. Rachel is interested in making the negative space become positive by filling it with concrete. First Rachel covers all entry points with wood and nails. She then fills the negative space with concrete and waits for it to dry. Once the concrete dries Rachel then pulls away the wooden walls and staircase, leaving a concrete cast of the negative space. The negative space has now become the positive space. Here are a few more other artworks Rachel has made and cast in concrete. Like the staircase she has changed the negative space into positive space. Image: http://iansdesignthingy.wordpress.com/tag/architecture/page/3/ http://farticulate.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/21-december-2010-post-rachel-whiteread-selected-sculptures-interview/ http://www.image-identity.eu/artists_images_folder/england/rachel-whiteread Rachel cast the inside of an entire house! Rachel cast the inside space of a room. In the front of the sculpture you can see where the fireplace would have been. Rachel cast the space underneath wooden seats.
Let’s recap on what we have learnt so far… As we have seen, positive and negative space can play an important part in how we make art…
Positive and negative space… are two different spaces. Positive space is the physical shape of something and negative space is the space around it. can appear reversed through photography like John Wegner’s upside down photographs. can be made into a sculpture by casting the negative space like Rachel Whiteread’s sculptures.
In the next lesson we will explore “Copy vs Original”. End of lesson
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