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Anne Truitt

Sculpture 1962-2004 at Matthew Marks Gallery in New York City, May 8 - June 26, 2010.

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Anne Truitt was a minimalist sculptor best known for her intensely painted (and usually large) blocks of wood. The sculptures are raised slightly above the ground by  small platforms, making them appear to hover above the ground. The blocks were coated over and over again with acrylic paint in order to attain a unique, "mesmerizing visual quality" (The Washington Post). Truitt believed that color, when isolated and emphasized, contained a "psychological vibration" which clarifies "the event it refers to as a thing rather than a feeling" (Anne Truitt's Wikipedia page). The formal simplicity of the work is meant to purify the sensation delivered by its color.

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These 'events' are perhaps best experienced in her works One


(1962
Acrylic on Wood
54 1/2 x 15 x 7")

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and Hardcastle

(1962
Acrylic on Wood
99 3/4 x 42 x 16")

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THE UPDATE

For my update, I developed 5 pillars of different colors and embedded them on a blank webpage. The colors of the digital blocks are sampled directly from the logos of the top 5 most-visited websites on the internet (via Alexa Internet). A drop shadow was also added to mirror the floating effect of Truitt's works.

Instead of attempting to evince a psychological idea or event, the colors attempt to rouse our digital memories. I intended for the colors to be recognized by the viewer due to our familiarity with, or even dependence on, these popular websites. The blocks are linked directly to their respective websites, not only to add functionality and clarity, but also so that the computer itself is equally able to interpret the work.

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