Thursday, March 12, 2009

Incomplete Cube, Discussed Tonight

Tonight the museum invites the public to join artist TJ Norris in conversation about “Incomplete Cube” by Sol Lewitt and Marcel Duchamp’s “Boîte-en-valise, Series F.” as Part of a new series of monthly gallery talks by local artists. Norris, Portland-based artist, curator, and writer, creates works in a hybrid of media. His work has been shown in the Americas, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. His choice of Sol Lewitt, and the hope that it will inspire more people to come to the artist talk series, is why we chose this piece for this week. Sol Lewitt, whom I will learn much more about after tonights talk, was a minimalist and a conceptual artist, his incomplete cube falls into both categories.

For me there isn't a real connection, I neither love or hate this piece. My mind wants to finish what Sol started, drawing in the missing lines, but I am alright letting it be what it is. The uncube. But I have heard that it makes some people uneasy. Even nauseous. Which is why it's so great that after the talk the museum is going to open the cash bar.Hopefully you read up, and we'll see you tonight.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The first five of Sol Lewitt's Sentences on Conceptual Art... I'll send in the other 30 throughout the week. Thanks for having such a great blog.
1. Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.
2. Rational judgements repeat rational judgements.
3. Irrational judgements lead to new experience.
4. Formal art is essentially rational.
5. Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically.