Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sol Lewitt - 35 Sentences on Conceptual Art

Today's post honors Sol Lewitt's 35 Sentences on Conceptual Art, Baldessari "singing" same (some say thankfully only eight of them), anonymous who chose to post comments for the last two days listing out the first ten, and Nick Defour for posting his version of Baldessari on Youtube. Seriously these statements are great to read a few at a time. So looking at the comments for each day this week (hopefully anonymous will keep coming back as promised) you'll get five at a time -- just enough to mull over, much like contemplating the seriality of the incomplete cubes.

I especially liked Sentence 3. Irrational judgements lead to new experience. It followed Sentence 2. Rational judgements repeat rational judgements.

As an added note the Portland Art Museum* has a John Baldessari print as part of the Mixografia show in the Print Gallery.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As promised...
11. Ideas do not necessarily proceed in logical order. They may set one off in unexpected directions, but an idea must necessarily be completed in the mind before the next one is formed.
12. For each work of art that becomes physical there are many variations that do not.
13. A work of art may be understood as a conductor from the artist’s mind to the viewer’s. But it may never reach the viewer, or it may never leave the artist’s mind.
14. The words of one artist to another may induce an idea chain, if they share the same concept.
15. Since no form is intrinsically superior to another, the artist may use any form, from an expression of words (written or spoken) to physical reality, equally.