“I like to work back and forth,” Donald Judd said in 1971, speaking to his return to forms first used early on in his work.1 The form and dimensions of this relief are similar to those of a work from 1962 [untitled, 1962], a cadmium red light painted wall piece that features a copper found object.
The ring in this relief is the edge of a steel clamp with a small closing mechanism from a fiberboard barrel. The one-inch recess in the center is related to the width of the metal. Similar to another relief installed in the Ranch Office, this work contains an object that encloses a discrete surface area [untitled, 1992]; the paint mixture used on the sides of this relief does not contain any sand, though the mixture used on its surface does. The outer diameter of the clamp is twenty-three and one-quarter inches, equal to half the height and width of the relief overall. Additionally, this work is related to the others installed at the Ranch Office that employ specific ratios and proportions, to determine placement of the found object selected by Judd.
1 “Don Judd: An Interview with John Coplans,” in John Coplans, Don Judd, exh. cat. (Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Art Museum, 1971), 44.
Donald Judd: Räume / Spaces. Ostfildern: Cantz, 1993, 57 (ill.).