Currently on exhibit at:
Humber Galleries North Space
205 Humber College Boulevard
Toronto, ON M9W5L7
Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apr 11, 2017 to May 5, 2017
In Sol LeWitt Translator, Mitchell F. Chan takes up the conceptual artist’s foundational statement that “the idea becomes a machine that makes the art” by making the “machine” quite literal. LeWitt placed greater importance on the artist’s role as a generator of ideas over their hand in creating the artwork. Many of his drawings only exist linguistically – as a set of instructions to be drawn by gallery staff on the walls, knowing that his instructions will be interpreted and therefore executed differently. By translating one of LeWitt’s instructions from natural language into computer code, Chan interprets the programmatic nature of LeWitt’s premise through the lens of modern technology. The results mimic the visual results of LeWitt’s original pieces. By automating the system of instructions, Chan eliminates subjectivity altogether and closes the loop between concept and execution.
-Text by Farah Yusuf, from the exhibition howTo.write(poetry), at Humber Galleries North Space
A series of animations, projections, and unique edition prints produced by translating Sol LeWitt’s wall drawing instructions into computer code. The computer code generates new iterations of the artwork, either as printable files, wall projections, or a screensaver displays.
The code emulating LeWitt’s instructions is made available in the public domain.
In a video installation, each animation is generated in real-time and contains randomized variables, producing different results each time the program is run. Every fifteen minutes, the program breaks and the code used to create the wall drawing is displayed on screen.