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Japanese Notan

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Allison Newkirk

on 17 September 2018

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Transcript of Japanese Notan



No: darkness, density, strength
Tan: lightness, pale
The relationship of lightness to
in value.
Positive and Negative Space
Identify the positive space?
A traditional notan starts as a square.
there is an equilibrium within the image
image is the same on either side of an axis
the image is different on either side of an axis, but remains balanced.
Is this notan symmetrical or asymmetrical?
positive space is the space occupied by the subject

negative space is the space around the subject that shares its borders.
Take a minute to think about your design layout.
Consider: what shapes will be positive, which will be negative.

Carefully draw out the shapes on the black square.
Cut out the shapes from the black paper.
Glue the remainder of your black square onto the center of the white paper.
Carefully line up and glue down the cut pieces to "break the box."
Design your own Notan!
Shintoism: the native religion of Japan focuses on the reverence of natural and natural phenomena. This belief system is not dictated by a book or fixed dogma, but a collection of rituals that are meant to regulate relations between living people and the spirits.

Buddhism "...wholeness and appreciation of nature...and its celebration of the landscape, things either evolve or fade away."
Many Japanese adhere to practices involved in both the Shinto religion and Buddhism depending on the situation. The rituals of both set of beliefs have been intertwined throughout history.

Wabi-sabi: "the mindful approach to everyday life...beauty is an altered state of consciousness and can be seen in the mundane and simple."

Shibui: "...beauty of simple, subtle, and the unobtrusive."

Cultural beliefs that guide Japanese Aesthetics
Notan: a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark as they are placed next to the other in art and imagery.

Use of this Japanese design concept implies that beauty and harmony will be achieved.

It focuses on the interaction between positive and negative shapes/space.

It recognizes the importance of both a shape and the background.
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