Wall Drawing: The Dreaded Trapezoid

MAJ_Lewitt I realize that the paper was supposed to be oriented in portrait rather than landscape. Whoops.

The syntax of Sol Lewitt’s “Wall Drawings” is halfway between the language of men and halfway between the language of machines. As a result, it is nearly incomprehensible to both. As one may be able to tell by my (somewhat illegible) handwriting, I was befuddled by Lewitt’s instructions, and attempted to create the shape from what little I understood.

I am thankful that our current computing machines cannot grasp the concept of tedium, nor that of frustration. I am also thankful that the typical exchange between a given person and a given machine is somewhat straightforward (and the reason we have user interfaces).

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