Artists and scientists alike have been fascinated by the interplay of light and the human brain since the time of the ancient Greeks.
This area of inquiry occasionally leads to a search for light’s absence, methods and materials that confuse the eye by giving it, well, nothing.
Ad Reinhardt attempted it with Abstract Painting, a 1963 work made with null brushstrokes. It’s eerie to look at a painting with no brushstrokes, but there’s still something there. More recently, artist and scientist Frederick de Wilde talked with The Creators Project about his all-absorbing, nano particle-based lab creation called “the blackest black in the world.”