Donald Judd, ‘Untitled’, 1980
Donald Judd, ‘Untitled’, 1990
In this assessment, my inspiration was heavily influenced by the works of the American Minimalist Donald Judd. Like Judd, I focused on the simplicity by dealing solely with geometric forms. I decided to work on placement and repetition, which are central to Judd’s work (Guggenheim). Besides, Sol Lewitt’s hypothesis was that the creative value in a work exists in the idea itself, not the execution (Deleflie, E 2017). In my case, it is the computer that executes the instructions. As computational media is best understood as “Abstraction into instructions”, I created a ‘cybernetic art’ of which the artefact is created by a computer (Jasia Reichardt, cited in Deleflie, E 2017).
The code for my sketch is based on simplicity. The sketch represents a massive white rectangle in the centre of the sketch, including 15 identical vertical and linear black rectangles separated from the next by a distance equal to its height, dividing the big rectangle into two equal small rectangles. There are 6 evenly spaced vertical white lines and a horizontal white line, all of which are obscured by the big rectangle. The background is red.
Despite its minimalism, the aesthetic value of the sketch delves into its depth and the relationship with the space around it. From the front, the vertical rectangles look like rungs on a ladder from floor to ceiling. The gaps between rectangles draw the beholder into the gloomy depths of space, creating little sense of optical illusion; the white lines in the background looks like prison bars. At the same time, from the aerial view, the sketch visualises a tennis court, a ping-pong table or the back of an open notebook.
Overall, the interpretation of the sketch varies based on viewers’ intuition and perspective.
Deleflie, E 2017, ‘Introduction to Computational Media’, lecture, MEDA102, University of Wollongong, viewed 16 September 2017.
Deleflie, E 2017, ‘Cybernetic Serendipity’, lecture, MEDA102, University of Wollongong, viewed 16 September 2017.
Guggenheim Museum, Donald Judd (1928–1994), Guggenheim Museum, NY, viewed 17 September 2017, <https://www.guggenheim.org/arts-curriculum/topic/donald-judd >.