Michael Heizer's Double Negative was one of the first earthworks to start the movement of art made no on a canvas but on the earth itself. In reality, Double Negative was created by simply taking away. Heizer created two trenches that line up over empty space. He forces his viewers to change their perspective of what art is and what nature is. The line is completely blurred. What looked like a canyon, is a man made creation, delivering an artistic message that is waiting to be interpreted. The name of this work is particularly meaningful. It was created by subtracting, taking away. The trenches themselves are like subtraction signs. They are united by empty--or negative--space, relying on it to complete their formation in theory.
|A satellite view of Double Negative|