Numbered Sequences and/or Symbolic Patterns

January 22, 2009

Sol le witt, Body

lewitt_03_body 

A numbered sequence, or a symbolic pattern:

Symbolic pattern:

00000
00001
00010
00100
01000
10001
00011
00110
01100
11001
10011
00111
01110
11101
11011
10111
01111
11111
11112
11122

99999
99991
99919
99199
91999
19991
99911
99119
91199
11999
19991
99111
91119
11191
11911
19111
91111
11111 [end]

11110 [reset]

or…

Numbered sequence:

99999
999910
999109
991099
910999
1099910
9991010
9910109
9101099
1010999
1099910
99101010
91010109
101010910
101091010
109101010
910101010
1010101010
1010101012 ad infinitum

What I find interesting here, is that if one just looks at it as an abstract, symbolic pattern of shapes, rather than numbers denoting a quantity, it has an end, or a reset. While if one reads into the “concepts” the numbers contain (quantities), it becomes an infinite series.  Symbols, depending on how you read them and/or look at them, will inform the bounded-rules you set on the logic you attempt to extrapolate the set(s) of symbols to thier end.  Considering Sol Le Wit’s work, I find that this freedom of setting logical limits on symbols is what informs culture, and/or brings them to thier senses.  The artist, in this way, is a highly creative logistician.

Sol Le Witt drawing

 21lewitt_drawing1

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