In this series Damien Rudd explored the space and form of objects in relation to their surroundings. The plays of positive / negative space, line and direction, attraction and repulsion.
The content of the images does not contain any immediate uniform in narrative but instead the consistency is presented through style, lighting, tones and color treatment. This is done intentionally to avoid the viewer from becoming distracted by the narrative and therefore forgoing the opportunity to consider notions of space and all its implications, the matter it confines, the space between objects – under chairs, between a hand and a torso, whether the space is confined within or without.
Simple illustrated line diagrams have been superimposed over the photographic images to force the viewer to examine the content from a different perspective. The work was inspired by ballet dancer William Forsythe’s piece Human Writes (2005) in which the body becomes a tool to create and manipulate negative space.
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