Drawing Language Experiments

40 Drawings after Sol Lewitt’s
Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes (1974)

Design Studio 14, 2012, MArch.
University of Westminster, School of Architecture, London.


1. deconstruct each students intuitive relation/practice to the language of drawing

2. consider what possibilities the language of line creates and conversely shuts down

3. start the process of inventing a new set of line relationship within and upon the picture plane, that leads to the development of a visual language specific to each student.

“Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes”
Sol Lewitt,

In 1974, American artist Sol LeWitt created one of his major works, a seminal piece on the themes of seriality and variation, the series entitled “Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes”. The work is a collection of 122 frame structures presented together with the corresponding diagrams arranged on a matrix.


The site is the space within, upon and in front of the picture plane


1. Produce a series of drawings that develop the language of line described within your chosen example of lineature.

Develop(ed) came into English in mC17, following an earlier English form disvelop (1C16), from fw developper, F, desvoleper, oF, with the root sense of the opposite of wrapping or bundling - thus unfold, unroll. It was metaphorically extended in C18, and came to include the sense of developing the ‘faculties...of the human mind’, Warburton, 1750.”

Excerpt from : Keywords, Raymond Williams, Fontana, 1976

Lecturers : Gordon Shrigley and Christian Ducker. Visiting Lecturers  : Thomas Reinke, architect, Berlin.