Sol Lewitt: Instruction and Procedural Action
“I wasn’t really that interested in objects. I was interested in ideas.” Lewitt (The Art Story)
Wall Drawing #1136, one of the work of Sol Lewitt- the American conceptual artist, is a colourful by both curved and straight solid bands of colour, with the basic colour, by the way separate two types, which is primary with red, yellow and blue, another one is secondary which is consists of green, orange and purple, colour addition with grey.
“Sol Lewitt employed draughtsmen or assistants to carry out specific instructions to copy and enlarge his diagram of the drawing to the wall itself.”
According to Sol Lewitt theory, ‘Conceptual is not necessarily logical’, to convey the message of each person by using code, receivers or senders can understand on their own mind. For LeWitt, the directions for producing a work of art became the work itself; a work was no longer required to have an actual material presence in order to be considered art.
By the way take part in active work with my team, through workshop class and a part of Wall drawings, I realised that we can transmist the message by the way Sol Lewitt use to his squares and also his transcription with those squares. As a result, the meaning of message is not only based on word but also can translate like the way that Sol Lewitt used code, it’s mean the code of each person, can also create the meaning. In other words, the message of code by Lewitt, the meaning of it is different squares art, images, graphics about difference squares.
The two pictures above is an example that “It doesn’t really matter if the viewer understands the concepts of the artist by seeing the art. Once it is out of his hand the artist has no control over the way a viewer will perceive the work. Different people will understand the same thing in a different way.” (Sol Lewitt, 1967). The reason is that, as we can seen from the picture, one is the transcription, and another one is the answer. This is also the topic of my team on workshop, however, we definitely understand by a different image when it comes to our mind.
Moreover, through the example about the work of Sol Lewitt, we also have own experience about that in class. Each person has one image and then use word to describe the picture. As a result, although the receivers not give 100% right message, however, by their own thinking and understanding, the answer still have itself feature to realized.
Wall Drawing #124 is among a series of wall drawings that LeWitt conceived with student participation in mind. It was first realised in March 1972 at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.(Art Gallery NSW)
One of the first theory of Sol Lewitt about Conceptual art , the most important featured of it is the manipulation to thoroughly the cancellation emotional triggers visual to focus on the conceptual work. The work must have voice, to revive the logic of viewer, must bending toward perception of viewer get out of the simple sight appreciate( enjoy) and obligatory to active their mind follow the process which is use to intellectual.
“The ideas need not be complex. Most ideas that are successful are ludicrously simple. What the work of art looks like isn’t too important. It has to look like something if it has physical form.”(Sol Lewitt, 1967)
Based on these theory and statement, what I can understand is that, conceptual art shows us that art is not need to complex and just simple and art by itself. Regarding video was given in lecture 3, just by repeat the line also can bring the art to this work. It is also concern to his statement that “In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.”(Sol Lewitt, 1967).” In other words, Sol Lewitt want to press a point that the idea is the most important, by the way of iteration and repetition one idea can also create an art work with the natural art by itself.
After watched the video about the process of Wall drawings, I realized that by iteration and repetition can makes the art, not only can make the art but also wonderful, such as the result. By the way repeat the lines and color can bring to life an amazing work like this.
LeWitt, S (1967), “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art” First published in 0-9 (New York), 1969, and Art-Language (England), May 1969- http://www.corner-college.com/udb/cproVozeFxParagraphs_on_Conceptual_Art._Sol_leWitt.pdf
Stephanie, S 2010, Summary of Wall Drawings#1136 2004, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/lewitt-wall-drawing-1136-ar00165/text-summary
Wall Drawing #232[image] Available at: http://www.visible.org/site/cornish/slide_lectures/sol_le_witt/
YouTube. (2008). [online] Available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4cgB4vJ2XY %5BAccessed 17 Aug. 2016].