Lawrence Weiner is one of the most acclaimed American artists working today. A key member of the New York conceptual art world of the 1960s, for over forty years Weiner has been using language as the material for his work.
This display comprises a cycle of ten wall text works from 1988. All of the texts seem to refer to a manipulation of objects or matter in the physical world and have a very powerfully sculptural quality: ‘CRUSHED BETWEEN COBBLESTONES’, TUCKED IN AT THE CORNERS’ or ‘DAUBED WITH MUCK AND MIRE’. His work usually takes the form of large typographic wall texts. He refers to his work as sculpture, and the words, phrases and statements he employs are often representative of states or processes in matter.
Tate St Ives
Image: Lawrence Weiner, STRAIGHT DOWN TO BELOW (1988)
© Lawrence Weiner