Newman rethinks abstraction with an emphasis on activating space; the link between art on a wall and the space around it. It is not the space the viewer inhabits daily but a space created by art, which alludes to the feeling that art is more than daily existence.
His work explores the thought, do we look inside the tangled grid or look outside? The frame occupies the liminal space, it is the door between what is inside the work and what is outside.
Activating space, Newman calls it, recognises that space needs light and asks the viewer to engage perception as a medium. Where does the artwork begin, where does it end? Allowing the viewer to see themselves seeing and be with the work, therefore ‘Perception’ is a medium, the artist asks the viewer to look at looking.