(Chris Teerink, Netherlands/Italy/US 2012, 72 min., DCP)
Rochester Premiere. “Conceptual artists leap to conclusions logic cannot reach,” artist Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) said in a rare audio interview from 1974. Notoriously camera-shy, LeWitt refused awards and rarely granted interviews, yet in Chris Teerink’s sensitive cinematic portrait, he comes alive. LeWitt’s artwork can be seen as obsession pushed to the limit of paradox and absurdity: simple ideas, communicated simply—often with a set of instructions sent by fax—lead to overwhelming visual and intellectual complexity. An example of this is Wall Drawing #801: Spiral, a 3.2-mile white line that spirals down the black wall of a cupola. This film documents the piece’s 2011 installation in Maastricht, The Netherlands, which takes eight assistants thirty days to complete. When the painstaking work is done and the scaffolding taken away, the result is transformative. Using extensive interviews and documentation of artwork installed around the world, the film explores this pioneering American artist’s work and philosophy.
In conjunction with MINIMAL MOSTLY, an exhibition presented by Deborah Ronnen Fine Art.