Null and Void

Null and Void

This is another painting on paper from 1983. I still enjoy the immediacy and dynamism of the composition. The title is portrayed within the piece by two means: taking null as meaning zero, there are zero-like shapes moving around the “void” and they are negated by the lines crossing through them; the entire background is muted by white paint covering — also nullifying — what is below it. In this case, null and void can represent the creative process of deciding this over that, an ongoing battle between the real and imagined, foreground and background, color and shape that suggests the scene plays out in a more expansive area than the slice of void pictured.