SELECTED WRITINGS BY ROBERT SMITHSON|
A Short Description of Two Mirrored Crystal Structures
Both structures have symmetric frameworks, these frameworks are on top of the faceted mirrored surfaces, rather than hidden behind the surfaces. The frameworks have broken through the surfaces, so to speak, and have become "paintings." The frameworks are light blue with rose mirrors and yellow with blue mirrors.
Each framework supports the reflections of a concatenated interior. The interior structure of the room surrounding the work is instantaneously undermined. The surfaces seem thrown back into the wall. "Space" is permuted into a multiplicity of directions. One becomes conscious of space attenuated in the form of elusive flat planes. The space is both crystalline and collapsible. In the rose piece the floor hovers over the ceiling. Vanishing points are deliberately inverted in order to increase one's awareness of total artifice.
The commonplace is transformed into a labyrinth of non-objective abstractions. Abstractions are never transformed into the commonplace. All dimensionality is drained off through the steep angled planes. The works feed back in infinite numbers of reflected "ready-mades."
from Unpublished Writings in Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, edited by Jack Flam, published University of California Press, Berkeley, California, 2nd Edition 1996
The Eliminator, 1964
A Short Description of Two Mirrored Crystal Structures, 1965
Entropy And The New Monuments, 1966
The Crystal Land, Harper's Bazaar, May 1966
Language to be Looked at and/or Things to be Read, Press Release for
Language show at the Virginia Dwan Gallery, New York, (1967)
Some Void Thoughts On Museums, Arts Magazine, February 1967
Minus Twelve, Minimal Art, edited by Gregory Battcock, 1968
A Provisional Theory of Non-Sites, 1968
Cultural Confinement, Artforum, 1972