JUNE 12, 1969
PATRICIA NORVELL: First, could you talk about what you're doing now?
SOL LefiITT: Well, now, I'm working on wall-drawings and drawings on paper and drawings on three-dimensional pieces. How did I start to do them? Well, it's kind of the end of a process which … I was doing and I still do three-dimensional things. And … well, it started this way: I did a serial kind of system of three-dimensional cubes. And after I did them, I wanted to do a set of drawings concerning them which would become a book—which has become a book. And in order to do these drawings I had to devise a method to show that some boxes were open and some boxes were closed. So I used parallel lines as, in this case, a description of three-dimensional form on two dimensions.
Then someone proposed the project of a “Xerox Book”—it was Seth Siegelaub—and he said he wanted twenty-five pages. Well, since I had already been thinking about drawing, because that was the last thing that I'd been doing, I decided that I would do a series of drawings [see figure 24]. And what I did I took— since there were twenty-five pages—I took the number twenty-four and there's twenty-four ways of expressing the numbers one, two, three, four. And I assigned one kind of line to one, one to two, one to three, and one to four. One was a vertical line, two was a horizontal line, three was diagonal left to right, and four was