April 15, 1989, 32 minutes, 4B publicly.
The artist prescribed deliberate limits: he selected a wall, chose graphite of a specific hardness, blindfolded himself, and drew for a preset time period. Within those limits, his body size determined the dimensions of the blind drawings. He made
By 1964 I was doing gestural line drawings with graphite in a lead-holder. They ranged in dimension from 11" x 8" to 45" x 35". My intention was to forget drawing, to forget art history, to forget art, to forget myself, if possible. I have continued this work to the present and have found that the distancing ability improves steadily. The activity affords minutes or hours of greatly appreciated tranquility, and I am left with an object which is a kind of literal record of what my hands and arms were doing during that interval.
In 1963 I did drawings in India ink that I called Constellations. I did them blind, closing my eyes and listening to Wanda Landowska's recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier, not following the sound, but just doing it as a period of time so I would know when to stop. I did 96, one for each Prelude and one for each Fugue. The drawings were made of dots. I found that if I didn't look where I was putting the dots, it turned out better than if I did look. William Anastasi is one of the founders of both Conceptual and Minimal Art - relevant works were made before the movements were named. These works, starting in 1961, include