Sol Lewitt’s starting point
Sol LeWitt is an iconic artist who is regarded as a founder of both minimal and conceptual art. He believed that the figures that the mind can think of are possible to make and construct. To start his structural design making and abstract design actualization, he used the square as a reference figure where all the other figures were derived from it. His serial approach in making figures, using the square as the denominator structure, led him to advance further and make geometrical figures like triangles, circles and other figures using wood. In his five-decade career, he insisted that ideas were the backbone of his efficiency and artistic clarity.
He continued to make architectural designs and some of his famous works include the wall structure. The open grid of this structure reflects the identicalness of individual cubic units and the general structure. His other works depicted the dynamism of geometrical form cut at oblique angles to represent the image and the shadow. Even though his works were made under the concept of minimalism, the structure mimics reality to the viewers.
The last two decades of his career
In his last two decades of his career, he started using gouache. Things started changing, and he started painting his artworks with different paints that he used to make with gouaches. With the colors and their structural designs, the new works he made looked more perfect than even the previous monochromatic geometric designs.
Video: Sol LeWitt’s Incomplete Open Cubes
His works are scattered everywhere in city hall park grounds, on benches, gardens and fountains for people to see. They are spectacular and attractive, but most people are not aware of who made these structures. They rhyme perfectly with the trees supplementing their beauty, making the environment look outstanding. People who get time can enjoy the structures that showcase the creativity and talent of the maker himself. Sol was an artist who used to make structures from his imagination.
Although his works were more of geometrical designs and actualizing abstract figures, they were still meaningful in the field of architecture. He is known to have made sculptures of Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Robert Smithson.