a priest's musings on the journey

Monday, April 09, 2007

Sol Lewitt Dies




Sol Lewitt, American minimalist and conceptual artist, died Saturday from complications with cancer. You can read his obituary here

Some of his Sentences on Conceptual Art seem eerily fitting on this Monday after the Resurrection of our Lord. Take a look:

Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.

Rational judgements repeat rational judgements.
Irrational judgements lead to new experience.

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.

The artist cannot imagine his art, and cannot perceive it until it is complete.
The artist may misperceive (understand it differently from the artist) a work of art but still be set off in his own chain of thought by that misconstrual.
Perception is subjective.
The artist may not necessarily understand his own art. His perception is neither better nor worse than that of others.
An artist may perceive the art of others better than his own.
The concept of a work of art may involve the matter of the piece or the process in which it is made.
:: posted by Padre Rob+, 4:52 PM

2 Comments:

Wow, I love that second piece.

On an unrelated topic -- St. Mary's House is sponsoring a GQ bingo game Friday night. (Part of our outreach and evangelism. I'm serious!)
Blogger Jane R, at 10:48 PM  
Jane, I feel so stupid, LOL, but what is a GQ bingo game?
Blogger PadreRob+, at 2:51 PM  

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