What feelings do people get from "too much" negative space in art?

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A naïve observer of a piece of visual art sometimes gives more value to the positive additions to a structure, or the “painted” areas, than to the “emptinesses”—(The term “too much” is a value judgment beyond measurement.)  But the artist himself, and the “informed” [educated] viewer of visual art, know that as much care and attention are paid to what isn’t there as what is – that visual shapes are designed to include the spaces between and within.  Sometimes, because of the natural human fear that they are being “gypped” or that something is being “put over” on them, the naïve viewer is wary of this “nothingness.” (We might call this the “emperor’s new clothes” syndrome.)  The artist, whether Rembrandt or Franz Klein, uses both substance and shadow, foreground and background, highlights and lowlights.  The current trend in art called Minimalism makes excellent use of “negative space” to simplify and calm down the visual effect on the viewer, thereby giving rise to the opportunity to meditate or remove oneself momentarily from the clutter of everyday assaults on the eye and brain.

arrellbelle | Student

My teacher says i'm very good at observing where to put the object in relation to the paper or canvas i'm working on. However, it depends on what object and where the placement of the object will be on the paper. For me, when i'm drawing and I see too much negative space, I feel that the piece is lacking and causes a disturbance in the equilibrium.