It’s almost a cruel trick on the part of the artist who makes a piece like that because the conscientious art patron will be left feeling “nothing”.
Yet, here is the funny part: The people with the big money who go to museums go there for EXPERIENCES, because they want to ‘feel’ something. Feeling nothing is “feeling something” and that’s why they appreciate it and give money to the artist to make more nothings for them to feel. Art culture is a strange world
I don’t know if Heidegger originated the notion of “nothing=something” but “Modern art” is definitely of that line of thinking, all the way through to Jacques Derrida and beyond.
Although, technically speaking, modern art is an era in the 1950s. We’ve gone beyond Post Modern art… I don’t remember what they call today’s art, although the looking-at-a-blank wall I *think* is in the Post-Modern/Deconstructionalist tradition.