Pace Gallery in New York is presenting an exhibition of works by Alfred Jensen and Sol LeWitt. Systems and Transformation will be on view until February 11th, 2012.
Exhibited side-by-side, Jensen’s colorful abstract paintings and LeWitt’s minimalist white structures reveal the vastly different outcomes that can arise from similar conceptual foundations.
Jensen uses mathematical systems to construct two-dimensional grid paintings and demonstrate color theories, but the work itself is metaphorical, referencing pre-Colombian and Asian cultures, textiles, and divination.
LeWitt’s three-dimensional grid sculptures, in contrast, are self-referential, rooted in logic and reality, and governed by mathematical instructions that objectively organize space.
The exhibition includes eight paintings by Jensen and eight open geometric structures by LeWitt.
Jensen’s intricately organized diagrams reflect his distinctive conceptual approach begun in the late 1950s. The paintings on view, made between 1960 and 1975, include one of Jensen’s largest and most complex works: A la Fin de l’automne (1975). A honeycomb of color, numbers, and symbols.
In contrast, a pillar of minimalist and conceptual art, Sol LeWitt helped revolutionise the definition of art in the 1960s. Reducing art to its essentials, the cube became the basic modular unit for his artistic inquiry.
The exhibition features various of LeWitt’s forms derived from the cube, made out of wood or aluminum and painted white, from between 1971 and 1997, including the ceiling-mounted work Hanging Structure (1992).
For more information about Alfred Jensen/Sol LeWitt: Systems and Transformation, please visit The Pace Gallery. All images via the same source.