Nōtan

DSC088825th grade this week. Positive space. Negative space. Exploring the Japanese designs of Nōtan.

The Bugs Bunny-shaped hole left when Bugs runs through the mountainside in the cartoon.

This conversation about space always makes me think of the great scene in the movie Stand and Deliver where a brilliant math teacher tries to explain the concept of negative and positive numbers and motivate a less-than-enthusiastic student. It is a pivotal moment in the movie. It’s also a pivotal moment in math and in art when you understand the concept of positive and negative.

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