alfonso artiaco
alfonso artiaco
founded in 1986

lawrence weiner
27.10.2018 - 08.12.2018

lawrence weiner - 2018

Alfonso Artiaco gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition by Lawrence Weiner, Saturday 27th of October, 2018 at 7.30 pm, the artist will be present.

A pioneering figure in conceptual art, in the 1960s’ Lawrence Weiner theorized a reconfiguration of traditional parameters of the work of art. Weiner developed an aesthetic whose focus as he has put it, is on art “as an empirical fact of the relationships of objects to objects in relation to human beings and not dependent upon historical precedent for either use or legitimacy.” These are precisely the characteristic processes of artistic creation, thought and language, to be investigated. Indeed, language assumes a real sculptural value in Weiner's works.

Weiner first made public his Statement of Intent in 1968. Here he posited that the linguistic creation of a work of art was enough for his work to exist. The statement reads as follows:

  1. The artist may construct the work.
  2. The work may be fabricated.
  3. The work need not be built.

Each being equal and consistent with the intent of the artist, the decision as to condition rests with the receiver upon the occasion of receivership.

Looking at his latest exhibition at Alfonso Artiaco Gallery, Weiner invites the visitor to view this show “as a mise en scène - a cultural voyage between materials…it is an exhibition that you can basically get lost in - as a maze of meaning - magic without alchemy*”

Weiner’s sculptures should not be seen as tautologies, like analytical prepositions that say nothing about the world except what they dogmatically assert, but as concepts that have an ontological value from which the viewer may grasp its meaning by deepening their own understanding of their relationship to their surrounding world. The visitor is invited to give meaning to these coding sculptures, activating interpretations that can stimulate reflection on their own varied existential aspects of life.

lawrence weiner - 2018

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