Lawrence Weiner at Dvir Gallery

Artist: Lawrence Weiner

Exhibition title: IN TANDEM WITH THE SANDS

Venue: Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Date: May 12 – June 23, 2018

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Dvir Gallery

We are delighted to announce Lawrence Weiner’s 4th solo exhibition at Dvir Gallery, IN TANDEM WITH THE SANDS. Weiner has created a new body of work especially for the gallery.

Lawrence Weiner has been a leading figure in the art world for decades. Widely recognized as a pioneer of Conceptual art, his work uses language as its core material. Weiner investigates forms of display and distribution that challenge traditional assumptions about the nature of the art object, and taking it further, his work challenges a relationship of the viewer or to use his term, ‘receiver’ to the work.

His body of work has expanded on the potential for language to serve as sculpture. The subjects of his epigrammatic statements are often simple materials affected or effected by a process. Using language has allowed Weiner to play more with meaning within a cultural context, as in two of his early works from 1969, one about translation and the other about boundaries: A TRANSLATION FROM ONE LANGUAGE TO ANOTHER and THE JOINING OF FRANCE GERMANY AND SWITZERLAND BY ROPE. Weiner has frequently designed his work to be presented in a variety of local languages (e.g. Modern Arabic and Modern Hebrew) as well as English. Here in Tel-Aviv, that fact endows his show with a universal dimension when placed within a core political context: it’s presence, it’s fact accumulates more and more impact with time. Weiner has also developed his work over the years creating inflections of meaning with punctuation, shape, gesture and the interactions of color.

Whether in the context of art or in the broader context of cities and landscapes, his texts create a multi-inspirational performance of humanism. His unique “handwriting,” recognizable and anonymous at once, maintains a genuine materialism in a world of art that is becoming increasingly focused on objects. As such, Weiner’s work is contemporaneous in ways that appear to transcend the needs of future generations.

Lawrence Weiner, IN TANDEM WITH THE SANDS, 2018, installation view, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv

Lawrence Weiner, IN TANDEM WITH THE SANDS, 2018, installation view, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv

Lawrence Weiner, IN TANDEM WITH THE SANDS, 2018, installation view, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv

Lawrence Weiner, IN TANDEM WITH THE SANDS, 2018, installation view, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv

Lawrence Weiner, IN TANDEM WITH THE SANDS, 2018, language + materials referred to, variable dimensions

Lawrence Weiner, IN SUCH DISARRAY AS NOT TO BE ABLE TO BE PUT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN YARROW STALKS (detail), 2018, language + materials referred to, variable dimensions

Lawrence Weiner, IN SUCH DISARRAY AS NOT TO BE ABLE TO BE PUT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN YARROW STALKS (detail), 2018, language + materials referred to, variable dimensions

Lawrence Weiner, IN TANDEM WITH THE SANDS, 2018, installation view, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv

Lawrence Weiner, IN TANDEM WITH THE SANDS, 2018, installation view, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv

Lawrence Weiner, PLACED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN IMPLOSION, 2018, language + materials referred to, variable dimensions

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