I haven't really discussed Conceptual art on this blog, mostly because it's difficult (though not impossible) to be visually inspired by an idea. Conceptualism is, by definition, where the idea behind the work is more important than the actual physical execution of it.
Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) is credited with being one of the founders of Conceptualism, as well as a proponent of Minimalism. LeWitt's wall drawings span both movements, therefore they are the perfect inspiration.
LeWitt is well known for works in many different media, including sculpture (he preferred the term structures), printmaking, drawing, and architecture. However, his series of wall drawings is his most well-known legacy.
The wall drawings exist as directions--written words that tell the person who is to execute the work what to do. By following the directions provided by LeWitt, "drawings" are made directly onto the wall in media ranging from lead to acrylic.
This mode of artmaking nearly removes the artist from the equation altogether, except for the ever-important role of the idea.
LeWitt was more interested in the idea behind his work than the work itself--a trademark of Conceptual art. However, the fully executed wall drawings are stunning Minimalist compositions.
Unlike some other Conceptual artists, LeWitt thought it necessary to actually create the work he prescribed in order to judge its overall effect. For artists like Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner, the idea itself was enough to constitute the work.
The colorful block pattern of this blouse reminded me of LeWitt's wall drawings, so I simply added a few of my favorite accessories and a brick wall.
I'm wearing a vintage silk blouse, Habitual denim, Tashkent by Cheyenne suede slouch booties, Cynthia Rowley reptile clutch purse, Juicy Couture necklace, reptile belt borrowed from my Aunt, and a Betsey Johnson faux fur jacket.
[LeWitt images from pbs.org, hubreview.blogspot.com, artnet.com, proa.org, and angelfloresjr.multiply.com, respectively.]