dinsdag 6 mei 2014

straight lines: not touching; Sol Lewitt

Wall Drawing #45 (1970)
Straight lines 10" (25 cm) long, not touching, covering the wall evenly.

Wall Drawing #65 (1971)
Lines not short, not straight, crossing and touching, drawn at random, using four colors, uniformly dispersed with maximum density, covering the entire surface of the wall.

Wall Drawing #152 (1973)
Three-part Drawing:
1st Wall: Straight horizontal lines.
2nd Wall: Not straight horizontal lines.
3rd Wall: Broken horizontal lines.
The lines are about two inches (5 cm) apart.

The artists conceives and plans the wall drawing.
 It is realized by draftsmen. (The artist can act as his own draftsman.)
The plan, written, spoken or a drawing, is interpreted by the draftsman.
There are decisions which the draftsman makes, within the
plan, as part of the plan.
 Each individual, being unique, given the same instructions would carry them out differently. He would understand them differently.
The artist must allow various interpretations of his plan.
The draftsman perceives the artist's plan, then reorders it to his own
experience and understanding.
The draftsman's contributions are unforeseen by the artist,
even if he, the artist, is the draftsman.
 Even if the same draftsman  followed the same plan twice, there would be two different works of art.
 No one can do the same thing twice.
The artist and the draftsman become collaborators in making  the art.
Each person draws a line differently and each person  understands words differently.
Neither lines nor words are ideas.  They are the means by which ideas are conveyed.
The wall drawing is the artist's art, as long as the plan is not violated.
If it is, then the draftsman becomes the artist and the drawing would be his work of art, but that art is a parody of the original concept.
The draftsman may make errors in following the plan without compromising the plan.
 All wall drawings contain errors. They are part of the work.
The plan exists as an idea but needs to be put into its optimum form.
 Ideas of wall drawings alone are contradictions of the idea of wall drawings.
The explicit plans should accompany the finished wall drawing.
They are of importance.
(from Art Now, vol. 3, no. 2, 1971.)

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