A Square of Chicago Without a Trapezoid 1979 A Square of Chicago Without a Circle and Triangle, 1979 Manhattan with Roosevelt Island Removed, 1978 Photo of Part of Manhatt an with the Area Between 117 Hester St, 420 W. Broadway and Morty’s Liquor Store Cut Out, 1978 Map of Amsterdam with the area between the Dam, Art and Project, Utrechtse-Brug, Zeeburgerstraat and Achtergracht removed, 1976
This series of early (1967 to 1979) paper works by Sol LeWitt…is part of his “100$ Drawings” which rotates around the idea of a minimal yet strong action imposed to a map. Geometrical shapes or specific areas are removed from satellite photos or cartographies of recognizable cities (New York, Chicago, Amsterdam, London, Florence) leaving a blank space as background. These works show LeWitt’s early explorations of the conceptual practice and already embody his focus on geometric form as well as the key concepts in LeWitt’s research against the commodification of art. The simple action applied on the maps is impersonal, it responds to a set of instructions allowing anyone to reproduce the artwork, independently from the author. Challenging the informations [sic] embodied in a map through the simple acts of tearing, cutting and folding, the artist plays with the notion of dislocation and disembodiment.
images & text from article on socks studio by mariabruna fabrizi