Week 4: Abstraction/ Iterations

IMG_1770Where is the art work? (instructions, execution, finished product, all, or none?). Which is most likely to be understood as a commodity?

I believe the artwork is in the finished product, its about the way in which the person perceived the information in order to get the desired outcome. Without the instructions however the outcome won’t be achieved so the instructions in itself is the commodity.

Would you say that his art is accessible? 

Sol LeWitt himself made instructions in order for people to design his exact artworks, so he has made his art accessible to anyone- however only a select amount of people can actually follow the instructions 100% in order to replicate the artwork. Sol LeWitt made certificates which he signed off on, deeming the artwork to be ‘artwork’ and correct according to his instructions. So although he made it accessible to everyone- not everyone can achieve the artwork.

Do you think Lewitt hopes for variation in the execution of each set of instructions? Does he control the variation?

I think Lewitt trys to control the variation with his instructions and the ability to certify people on the artwork however there will alway be variation or human influences, thats the beauty of the artwork- the human implications when conducting it.

Is there such a thing as a wrong execution?

Lewitt seems to think so, however i say otherwise, its the way the instructions are written and the way the person perceives those instructions. As long as the main elements are there i don’t think it matters.

Could his instructions be understood as a system? What would that imply?

A coding system could be configured from this as a basic algorithm. This means it could be replicated on a computer.

How does he write the instructions? Do you think he creates the drawings first, then turns them into instructions?

I think he creates before he writes the instructions, it is said that he draws from the previous artwork and implements it into the next.

Is it easy to write instructions to create aesthetically engaging artworks? if not, why not?

I think its hard to write instructions because you have to think about the audience and the way in which they might perceive it. The way you might think it could be conducted could be read completely differently by someone else.

How would you go about creating instructions that result in aesthetically engaging artworks?

You would try to simplify the instructions as much as possible, grabbing the key elements of the artwork.

IMG_1771How is knitting different to programming? 

Knitting is different because there’s room for human error. You drop stitches and pick stitches up whereas in programming, you start with 15 stitches you end with 15 stitches. there is no variation unless you program the computer to do that.

How is knitting similar to programming? 

Knitting follows a set of instructions, it is repetitive and essentially there won’t be any variation- it is ultimately the same procedure over and over and over again.


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