Exploration of Abstract Negative Space – Glass Sculpture by Richard Whiteley

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Holes through forms are a relationship in sculpture that dates back many years. Some of the better-known sculptors have used these methods to expand proportions as to create unique viewing points that draw you in. One British sculptor that comes to mind is Barbara Hepworth, I’m particularly drawn to Hepworth as in her later years she explored these voids in great detail.

Interestingly, Australian artist Richard Whitley uses a similar concept of ‘abstract negative space’ in his own medium, glass sculpture. Richard became an apprentice in stained glass at the age of 15, and went on to earn an undergraduate degree from The School of Art, ANU Canberra, and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Illinois. He now focuses primarily on cast glass.

For me the void adds a whole new dimension, you almost feel as if they’re inverting and changing as you revolve around them. This makes space itself it’s own form, allowing us to see the “nothing” in a physical object made of solid material. Overall these sculptures have a stimulating appearance due to their interplay between light and space. To see more you can browse Richard’s website on the link below.

richardwhiteley.com

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