L.W. (Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics), 2015
Unique work in a limited edition, signed and numbered
Size 300 x 200 cm
Tibetan hand-knotted wool, Kathmandu, Nepal
Edition of 6 + 3 APs
A project curated by GoldenRuler, Rome
and realized by Equator Production, New York
The black and white carpet by Joseph Kosuth offers one of those riddles that the American artist loves to offer the public. On the one hand, the image is an image, and on the other, it’s a linguistic and mathematical diagram. While the riddle it poses can refer to numbers, it also could refer to personal inter-relationships. And so the carpet Kosuth designs is an image and even an icon, and perfectly in keeping with a practice that has ranged from installations on floors, walls, ceilings, and throughout architectural projects, to works that take on so-called decorative arts.
Often referencing psychoanalysis and philosophy of language, Kosuth’s carpet refers to the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of mathematics. The carpet is in fact named after Wittgenstein’s book Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics (German: Bemerkungen über die Grundlagen der Mathematik), published in 1956.
Born in 1945, American artist Joseph Kosuth is known as a pioneer of conceptual and installation art, which began to emerge in the mid-1960s. As a conceptual artists, Kosuth strips art of personal emotion, focusing on the objects as language and meaning.