Sunday, February 6, 2011

WALL DRAWINGS


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.]

31 comments:

  1. I love all of it. The blouse is to die for. The art is super but, I'm not sure I could look at it before coffee.

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  2. Blouse is wonderful! I like ur way - combination of art & clothes together a lot, this blog is simply great:)

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  3. Love the leopard coat and of course the colorful blouse. The orange belt is a nice touch as well as the brick backdrop!

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  4. Needed a kick so I sneaked in for a fast peek. Right choice - got energized immediately! Love/FAB http://fabs.blogg.se

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  5. Wow, youre style is just so cool!

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  6. first shot is my favorite - those legs!

    I'd like to see what you come up with if you were to try an outfit for yourself based on an idea. (not necessarily influenced by an artist.) That'd be a challenge!

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  7. Gorgeous look! That shirt is a treasure. And the bag is so much fun!

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  8. LOVE this!! I can totally see the inspiration!! :D You look great :)
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  9. Amazing post ! I love your outfit, the bag is beautiful and all the colors are so well together !
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  11. Your outfit perfectly exemplifies the artwork!

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  12. I've just discovered your blog (via hivennn) and I've started to feel a strange craving of colours!! damn it, your blog is so great!

    Muaaaa

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  13. so many colors!
    LOVE IT!!!

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    xx

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  14. That top is AH-MAY-ZING! You look fantastic, especially when topped with the leopard coat :)

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  15. p.s i've mentioned your blog here,
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    xx

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  16. this is such a fun and playful outfit, love it!

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  17. Great post dear! I'm in love with that blouse and that leopard coat of yours.. Awesome!
    x

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  18. This is just so cool on so many levels. I am not sure what I like the most the blouse, the coat, the cute necklace or the fact of how amazing those jeans look on you. The whole combo is just perfect and you look hot!

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  19. Mmm, I want your Betsey jacket! I love those wall paintings - I think I saw one of his at a local art exhibit some years ago.

    This blouse reminds me so much of the 80s - don't you just love those saturated colours?

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