- 2B pencil
- Pencil Sharpener
- A3 Paper
- Use a 2B pencil for this entire exercise.
- In each corner of the page, measure 3cm with a ruler from each corner inwards, very mark the 3cm point with a dot.
- Using these points, create a page border, draw the lines with a ruler and apply very very light pressure with the pencil so the lines are barely seen.
- Draw 50 lines inside this newly created rectangle (the page border), each line should be roughly 8cm in length, you can measure the first line with a ruler to assist.
- These 50 lines can not intersect or touch each other in anyway. They can be drawn in any direction and they also cannot intersect or touch the page border. Apply medium pressure with the pencil.
- After the 50 lines are drawn, draw another 950 lines the same way as the first 50, except now the lines may now intersect and touch, the idea is to fill up the entire inside of the page border. Sharpen the pencil whenever it goes blunt.
- After 1000 total lines have been drawn, carefully erase the page border so that it can no longer be seen.
- Take a photo of the piece.
These instructions were executed 3 times by 3 different subjects:
While my design was inspired by Sol LeWitt’s wall drawing #118, my idea was to focus on creating something similar to drawing #118, but also something that could be viewed as different from the piece that inspired it. I decided to apply a different essence of randomness to this design than Sol LeWitt did by not getting the subjects to plot random points and connect them via lines, my instructions were to just draw lines at random, this created the random and messy final product I envisioned that was eye catching and provided a lot of depth due to the immense layering of the drawing. Repetition was key to implement in this design, as discussed in the workshops and on moma.orgs page on minimalism, Sol LeWitt and other minimalist artists believed repition was a extremely effective and aesthetic art form.
The idea was developed into instructions easily and the result was effective. The interpretation of the instructions was fairly consistent between all 3 subjects, however the complexity of human nature played a part in the process of drawing, for example all 3 subjects identified that they neglected the outside of the piece and mainly focused drawing lines in the middle of the page, they all stated that as the center lines were progressively getting darker and more deep, it felt natural to continue drawing the lines in the middle of the page rather than the outside. This was overall advantageous due to the eye catching characteristics of the artworks. Each subject also interpreted the instruction of “medium pressure” to the pencil differently as shown by the different shades of darkness in each piece.
As discussed in workshop 4, materials play a significant role in conceptual art and this was easily recognised in regards to my work. The use of lead pencil on paper was effective as the overlapping of led pencil many times creates an interesting and visually appealing effect, opposed to the overlapping of a medium such as pen or pencil.
In regards to overall successes and failures, I can recognise that key instructions in the development of the piece were to create the page border and also to draw the first 50 lines without intersecting each other, this assisted the subjects in spreading out the lines which created a consistent border in all 3 drawings. An aspect that could be improved would be to perhaps state that the lines must be drawn slowly and therefore more straight, as the subjects drew the lines very quickly in order to draw 1000 lines and this resulted in some lines being drawn curved. Another improvement could be to increase the complexity of the piece by adding further instructions or elements such as drawing shapes as well as lines, however the simplicity of the art work can be seen as both advantageous and disadvantageous depending on perception.
MoMALearning n.d. Minimalism, MoMALearning, Viewed 22 August 2017, <https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/themes/minimalism/serial-forms-and-repetition>.