Donald Judd installed seven anodized aluminum works at his studio at Las Casas. Each of the works has dimensions that are consistently proportional, either 1:2:1 or, as in this work, 1:4:1. For this piece, Judd used black and amber plexiglass in an additional proportional relationship of 1:2 with a center divider.
In 1987, Judd began using Eichholteren, a former hotel located on a lakeside site near Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland, as a home and studio. The factory where this work was fabricated, as well as the additional works installed in Judd’s studio at Las Casas, is approximately one hour’s drive from Eichholteren.
Each work engages space by projecting from the wall, as Judd indicated, “at least as much as its height.”1 In his 1983 essay “Art and Architecture,” Judd wrote, “Proportion is very important to us, both in our minds and lives and as objectified visually, since it is thought and feeling undivided, since it is unity and harmony, easy or difficult, and often peace and quiet. Proportion is specific and identifiable in art and architecture and creates our space and time.”2