by Sol LeWitt
Asmir Ademagic, Rachela Abbate, Marco Bertozzi, Elisa Cancucci, Alessandra Frisan, Elena Latini, Luca Lolli,Viviana Longo, Benny Mangone, Juri Marsigli, Maria Lucrezia Schiavarelli, Anthony Sansotta, Francesca Simeone, Alessio Tugnoli, Simone Vagnetti
Wall Drawing 1185 is one of three scribble drawings that were first designed for Galleria Studio G7 in Bologna. These three drawings — Scribbles: Curve; Scribbles: Inverted curve (vertical); and Scribbles: Inverted curve (horizontal) — were done in the scribble technique that LeWitt explored from 2005 to 2007. Although previous wall drawings called for a scribble-like application of pencil or crayon, these recent scribble drawings differ in that they have gradations of tone created by varying densities of graphite. Following the artists diagram, the draftsmen use string to plot out the tonal gradations, from level one (the lightest tone) to level six (the darkest).
These recent drawings, the artists culminating works, may seem a departure from his rigorously ordered earlier work, which emphasized the flat plane of the wall. The depth created by the tonalities in the scribble drawings has inspired comparisons to infinite space, and invites reconsideration of LeWitt’s earlier focus on the flatness of the image plane. In addition, the graphites reflective sheen is suggestive of metal. However, the repetitive nature of the scribble relates to LeWitt’s lifelong interest in repetitive mark-making, and the organic nature of the scribbles correlates with his later works that explored more free-form shapes.
The scribbling process produces graphite dust that easily adheres to painted walls. At MASS MoCA, to prevent the dust from sticking to the nearby painted wall drawings, draftsmen enclosed the walls designated for the scribble drawings using plastic sheets, creating a sealed-in area in which they could work.