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Lawrence Weiner (born 1942)

We visit Woodhorn Museum for their Art Gala Day hosted by The Mindfuls, a group of young people established to explore and celebrate the ARTIST ROOMS exhibition of text based words by American artist Lawrence Weiner. We hear from The Mindfuls and staff at Woodhorn about how the exhibition has changed the way they work and how it fits into the mining history of the incredible site in Northumberland.

Lawrence Weiner’s use of language as his primary tool has marked him out as one of the principal protagonists of conceptual art. He focuses on the interaction between the art work and the ‘receiver’ – the audience who encounters the work in some form.

Much of his work takes the form of language. He makes ‘statements’, which then have the potential to be inscribed as a written text on a gallery wall, spoken as dialogue on a video, printed in a book or poster, sung, or even tattooed onto the skin. This cycle of wall text works from 1988 features ten separate phrases including ROUGHLY RIPPED APART and SILVER THREADS ENTWINED IN THREADS OF GOLD.