Friday, March 13, 2009

Sol Lewitt - Incomplete Open Cubes, 122 All Together Now

Last night at the Portland Art Museum's* Artist Talk, T J Norris spoke about the museum's one Incomplete Open Cube. During the course of the evening, we all came to realize that this solitary cube exists not just on its own but as part of a series of cubes. How many ways can an open cube be seen? Imagine Lewitt, creating in his mind and then on paper and then in aluminum with paint, these cubes. Cubes that now live by themselves, alone, holding court with works by Judd, Stella, and Agnes Martin. Alone they seem quite serene, almost aloof; together they're an army of soldiers. Soldiers I think of as going forward into the world to allow us to see and think differently.

To find out more about T J Norris visit him at unBlogged.


Anonymous said...

Sol Lewitt 35 Sentences on Conceptual Art
The next five ...
6. If the artist changes his mind midway through the execution of the piece he compromises the result and repeats past results.
7. The artist’s will is secondary to the process he initiates from idea to completion. His wilfulness may only be ego.
8. When words such as painting and sculpture are used, they connote a whole tradition and imply a consequent acceptance of this tradition, thus placing limitations on the artist who would be reluctant to make art that goes beyond the limitations.
9. The concept and idea are different. The former implies a general direction while the latter is the component. Ideas implement the concept.
10. Ideas can be works of art; they are in a chain of development that may eventually find some form. All ideas need not be made physical.

Anonymous said...

I think watching John Baldessari sing these is even more fun!