Sentences after Conceptual Art represent a bridge between the language of knowledge and the doctrines of knowledge. The original Sol Lewitt’s Sentences on Conceptual Art, first published in 1969, became an iconic text for the modernist understanding of art. A text as figurative as it is confused with a comprehensive and, above all, rationalist instruction on how to understand and interpret conceptual art. In addition to professional agreements, the original text also works with the concepts of irrationality, subjectivity and mysticism. It is radical in itself, while its legacy has become extreme. Owing to Sol Lewitt’s Senteces, the conceptual turn is frequently interpreted as the birth of a new faith and the destruction of former art at the same time.
More than ever before in history, we live today in a time of rapidly born – and soon disappearing images. As a response, it is suggested that terabytes of digital cluttered data, the hypnotic grain of television screens, and the never-ending stream of hypertrophied images of social networks are faced with faith. Not necessarily all parables of the Bible, the religious struggle for the interpretation of the world or the confession of good and evil, but simply the confidence in the function of a text capable of creating a comprehensiveness and coherence of thought. The faith in a system in which a word contains meanings that can be read, understood, interpreted, and shared. The intervention in the Church of Priest Ambrose demonstrates part of this struggle. It is invasive but temporary. It parasitizes on the architecture and function of the church yet providing its space with a new service beyond the physical place. Sentences after Conceptual Art test our attention, our ability to withstand the power of the image, and our willingness to believe in the meaning of artistic illusion.
Project: Sentences after Conceptual Art
Author: Petr Dub, artist / concept
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Studio address: Pod Kapličkou 20, 130 00 Prague 3, Czech Republic
Co-author: Zdeněk Porcal [Studio Flusser], photo
Project location: Ambrožova 728/3, 500 02 Hradec Králové
Project country: Czech Republic
Project year: 2020
Completion year: 2020
Photographer: Studio Flusser, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.studioflusser.com
Collaborator: Curator: Adam Stěch, www.okolo.cz
Visualisation: Pavel Vinter, www.zanstudio.cz
Poject partners: Assembly of the Priest Ambroz in Hradec Králové / Czechoslovak Hussite Church, www.ccshhk.cz/misto/sbor-kneze-ambroze