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Andrew Graham-Dixon: Tell me why this is a drawing. Why is it a drawing and not a text?
Lawrence Weiner: Oh, using text for drawing is no problem. It tells you something. But drawing is explicit. Drawing is not implicit; there’s nothing hidden in a drawing. When you draw for people, you’re drawing something to tell them: it’s a message.
John Wood and Paul Harrison
I found out this week that a book I’m making is going to be published by (un)limited store in December. The book will be launched in December at ArtistBook International at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and before that there’s lots of work to do. It’s a kind of instruction manual and I’m calling it DO SOMETHING. Here are some ideas about the book:
In Literature it is only necessary to outline the steps. Let the people dance!*
DO SOMETHING uses the generic diagrammatic form of the instruction manual to create a specific dance of objects and actions.
The objects in the manual are imaginary, and do not exist outside of their drawings on paper. Arranged about the page as if to accommodate a text which is missing, the images are left to speak on their own. Like a translation whose original has been lost, these floating instructions are a trace without a reference, telling a story that cannot be grasped. Read the rest of this entry »
I have added the category “art” to all my posts. Now, when people search for things about “art”, they are more likely to find my posts. Because they are all about “art”. I mean this rather ironically, but all the same I did it.