FORM 06 - 2022

Nothing



06


In today's fast-paced world, doing nothing never seems to be an option. Even brief periods of inactivity can feel odd. However, sometimes enjoying a moment of inactivity while letting your mind wander and daydream can be more productive than being busy all the time.

Are the dangers and pains of your work a means of magnifying the present?

FORM is glad to announce “NOTHING”, an exhibition without artist that explores the representation, meaning, and impact of nothingness in art, on people and society. The themes of nothingness, emptiness, and nothingness provide the world with profound philosophical thoughts.

For a long time we have accepted the challenge to create an exhibition that meant nothing. It was not easy, but we tried. We strongly questioned certain predefined statutes for creating an exhibition such as the role of the artist, the ground of the space, the meaning of the exhibition, the title and the audience that could visit it. 

The concept of nothingness in art is an anti-art form that can be traced back to Dadaism, a movement led by Marcel Duchamp and others as early as 1913. Minimal art itself did not become a popular movement until after World War II in the 1960s and early 1970s. People believe that doing more with less, truth lies in simplicity - as simple as the earth, the sky and the ocean. Paradoxically, although nothing has been created, "nothing" is still something. It's a movement under a philosophical spell, combining creativity and thought into something entirely new. One exhibition, titled "Blank Is Not Void" (which featured work by Scott Campbell and others) seemed to capture this art form perfectly. Emptiness is not emptiness because we start from nothing in the form of big bangs and stardust, but we have the ability to be anything and sometimes art is the place to remember that.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, artists have begun to depict nothingness through abstraction in their works. They realized that abstract art actually liberated them, gave them freedom. Artists like John Cage, on the other hand, agree with the scientific definition of nothingness, that nothingness is the addition of everything that doesn't exist, meaning nothingness is actually abundant. Finally, some artists like Malevich painted nothingness to symbolize the end of humanity. Artists are influenced by everyday life, politics, war and major events; so what exactly drives someone to create an abstract representation of nothingness?

The word 'nothingness' is a concept that describes the state of non-existence. It is difficult to define, but it can be used to describe a state of being beyond the scope of human knowledge. Nothingness has been referenced in many works of literature as an essence that has no properties, characteristics or attributes. For example, nothingness could be defined as the absence of all things and all universes. Alternatively, it could be defined as the absence of all physical and spiritual existence. We could also define it as the absence of all matter, energy and any elements that could make up existence.

We are also increasingly believing this exhibition is a discipline, a practice that improves over time. In this regard, the idea of using a low-risk, low-investment venue that is not necessarily a gallery lowers the barriers to entry for ideas.

There are people who believe that nothingness is merely an illusion created by our minds. These people believe that there is something beyond our knowledge that makes up existence and makes up what we perceive as nothingness. For them, nothingness does not exist beyond the scope of human knowledge; instead, it exists beyond our perception of it and what makes up existence. Others believe that nothingness is not just an illusion created by our minds; instead, it is something negative since it means the absence of something positive.

On the other hand, when someone is referring to nothingness as an essence or a property, maybe, it is not useful for us to understand because those concepts do not exist in reality.