brussels-based artist xavier delory offers a reinterpretation of the richly colored, fresco-like wall drawings of sol lewitt. the photography series entitled, ‘after sol lewitt,’ introduces the vibrant conceptual work of the american artist with the romantic expressionism of abandoned places. this dichotomy expresses delory’s tendency toward the urbex (urban exploration) style. the series offers a depiction of an abandoned house whose deteriorating walls reveal the remains of sol lewitt’s wall drawings. the temporality of lewitt’s art is evoked by the dilapidation of the architecture.

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xavier delory describes ‘urbex’ as ‘an activity consisting of the visiting and photographing of abandoned places not usually permitted, thus enabling a voyage through time to a bygone era.’ known for his depiction of fictional ruins, delory emphasises the contemporary nature of the ruin typology as being no longer restricted to such ‘noble’ structures as ancient palaces and monuments. the ruin might now be defined by abandoned industrial complexes or buildings as modest as a shop or house. with his latest series, the photographer continues to investigate the dialogue between architecture, ruin, and painting.

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  • Incredible! I know that Sol’s work is meant to be dismantled when property owners move out, but somehow there is an awful lot of his work in pretty good shape that the unscrupulous might try to retrieve. As we can see all of us are enjoying it it this article. I had the opportunity to be on a crew as we drew some of Mr. Lewitt’s beautiful creations.It was an honor and a real ‘buzz’ to work in a private home for about 5 or 6 weeks drawing fine point pencil lines creating specifically to Sol’s ‘specks’. Very exciting to see this stuff. Some of our close friends were neighbors of the Lewitt’s in Connecticut and so we also knew him casually and he was a real nice guy. I’m wondering how he would react to this bit. Sadly we lost him in’07 but the great thing is you can still see his wonderful work of course at MASS-MOCA. Thanks for sharing the love.

    Christine Aiezza says:

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