DAILY MUSE | Sad news today. Connecticut’s own Sol Lewitt, modernist, minimalist and conceptual artist, died Sunday due to complications from cancer. Best known for his Wall Drawing series– those grandly scaled, vividly colorful drawings integrated into architectural spaces filling the frame of walls from edge to edge– he remained constant in his themes throughout his career; geometric and repetitive shapes, timeless childlike constructs on paper or in “structures” (as he referred to his sculptural work) that almost seemed obvious or inevitable. Their simplicity conjures up a sense of “I can do that!”. Not in that horrid, insulting way that is often applied to artists, but in the best sense… in that it offers permission and confidence to a viewer to step in and do it too. In that respect, his work always inspires creativity.
Lewitt’s work, while part of the minimalist and conceptual schools of thought which often inspire work so heavily intellectual that it can alienate viewers, never had that effect on me. His work was always humble and joyful– never pretentious.
Please enjoy some images of an enviable oeuvre from a masterful artist.
DAILY MUSE | I admire the bold, creative vision and graphic sensibilities in this video, one of my favorites from the last few years– “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes. (Cool website too). I admire how they maintain a clear and consistent, graphic, iconic sense of design in all their work, image and presentation. It seems to originate from their music, therefore occuring as organic, integral and true.
DAILY MUSE | Remember the computer that Tom Cruise stood in front of in the movie “Minority Report”? Well there may be one just like it coming to a computer store near you. Check out this video of an amazing new computer screen technology currently being developed.