Tuesday, February 2, 2010

interesting words from Sol

I found Sol Lewitt's article fairly interesting. He mentions how conceptual art is inspired by and brought about by irrational decisions. Although any artistic idea is usually irrational, the means by which a piece comes together are irrational. It's about discovering new ways to achieve a piece in new and unconventional ways. I find this to be quite impressive and admirable, since I don't usually find myself venturing too far far from mediums I am familiar with unless I'm explicitly instructed to.
One of Sol's "Sentences on Conceptual Art" really intrigued me: Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. The leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.
That's deep. I think on some level we're all conceptual artists. I think it's human nature to want to experience new things and I think we all tend to get these weird and strange ideas that we can't rationalize. We don't know how they came up or how to express them through conventional means. I think Sol Lewitt tries to make the point that conceptual art is about expressing conventional and unconventional ideas in new and unconventional ways.

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