Sunday, February 7, 2010

Lawrence Weiner

In the 1960's Lawrence Weiner began experimenting with language's capacity to stand for something, using letters on the wall or in books or posters as his mode of presentation. Some of his work describes a physical object, such as Many Colored Objects Placed Side by Side to Form a Row of Many Colored Objects, usually leaving the description general enough for the viewers to supply missing elements in their own imagination. Other works often describe an abstract action, such as this one or The Joining of France Germany and Switzerland by Rope. I think his work is very relevant to our assignment to think of art projects we'd like to accomplish that aren't possible.

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