After Sol Lewitt, 2018
With, "After Sol Lewitt", Xavier Delory offers a unique interpretation of the work of Sol Lewitt, the founder of conceptual art.
This Urbex style (1) fiction depicts an abandoned house whose walls reveal the remains of Sol Lewitt’s wall drawings. Xavier Delory brings the conceptual work of the American artist face to face with the romantic expressionism of abandoned places. The erasure of the mural caused by the architecture’s dilapidation evokes the transient side of Lewitt's art (2). And thus the photographer continues to explore the dialogue between architecture, ruin (3) and painting.
(1) Urbex (urban exploration), an activity consisting of the visiting and photographing of abandoned places not usually permitted, thus enabling a voyage through time to a bygone era.
(2) Sol Lewitt aligns himself as an artist with the composer of music rather than with the performer. He creates the plans for his drawings and then sends them on to the designers to execute them. The wall paintings are erased at the end of their display period and can be then redrawn in another location. Fifty years ago, Sol Lewitt created his first wall drawings at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York in October 1968
(3) The 18th century encyclopaedia gives the term “ruin” a restrictive definition. A ruin refers only to palaces, sumptuous tombs or ancient monuments. Today, a ruin no longer concerns purely noble buildings, but also more "modest" architectures (industry, buildings, houses, shops ...)