The notan is a type of compositional study that reveals the underlying foundation of a composition through the use of just dark and light, black and white. Although a notan relies on light and dark to define it’s shapes, it is not a value study in the usual sense; it is primarily and shape- and pattern-defining tool.
In this concise 13-minute video, excerpted from a presentation given at Lisa Harris Gallery in July 2014, I introduce the concept of notan using contemporary and classic examples.
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