A void

Humans have attempted to personify the idea of nothingness to try and understand this vast concept. In creation this idea of a void, not valid or legally binding, completely empty, containing nothing or an unfilled space. I have looked towards art and the artists process, along with the importance of void’s in architecture to try and investigate an interpretation of a lacuna.

Yves Klein’s ‘Leap Into The Void’ 1960 is an expression of freedom created through a highly contrived process (metmuseum.org, 2017). Much like a void where something attracts its opposite.  This ability people have in the 21st century to gather and consume as much materiality as possible often attracted feelings of a completely empty life void of any real feeling.


(Yves Klein. 1960, ‘Leap into the Void’)

Another artist I found quite relevant to this idea of a void is Gordon Matta-Clark who not only creates an artwork (photographs of his age scale architectural installations) but how his processes and the feeling of the final work is so important to the outcome of his photographs. The various cut  outs and punctures through buildings let them take on a whole new feel. Exposed were the inner workings, often hidden and rejected as being important. By looking through the cut away sections you looked at each level or section “through the fragments of a normal apartment space (James Attlee, 2007)” and the shape or lens of the cut would create a whole new way to see the buildings. Often a void can open our eyes to the space around, something that would usually be concealed and or hidden. Is this idea of nothingness vital to how we appreciate our world around us?


(Gordon Matta-Clark, ‘Window Blowout’ 1976)

A void, or absent space allows things to happen. Contemplating a void as a medium rather than this idea of nothingness allows a whole range of possibilities that start to take place. The use of a void in architecture, often for utility or functional proposes allows a space to be opened up adding natural light or to serve as a structual addition to a building. All of the empty spaces living under us serve a purpose. Tunnels which connect to create a labyrinth of storm water drains for our city or on a bigger scale the underground networks in major cities which allow travel and communication networks to form.


(Image by myself, 2017, shot on iPhone S)





James Attlee, ‘Towards Anarchitecture: Gordon Matta-Clark and Le Corbusier’, Tate Papers, no.7, Spring 2007, http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/07/towards-anarchitecture-gordon-matta-clark-and-le-corbusier, accessed 26 March 2017.

Yves Klein. 1960, ‘Leap into the Void’, <http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1992.5112/>.

Gordon Matta-Clark, ‘Window Blowout’ 1976, Photograph mounted on board 406 x 559 mm, Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, GMCT3025 © ARS, NY and DACS, London, 2007

metmuseum.org, 2017, ‘Timeline of Art Histroy’ <http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1992.5112/>.


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