Within a Realm of Relative Form is the first solo exhibition in China by the American artist Lawrence Weiner, which showcases a selection of wall texts from 1972 to 2013, as well as 2 video installations, offering an opportunity to trace the contours of a career spanning more than 50 years.
A central figure in the formation of the conceptual art movement, the artist rigorously constructs works that reflect and encourage the interplay of language and artistic subject matter in various genres including installation, video, film, book, and sound. Works, sculptures and performances. Weiner presents his art in terms of language, claiming that constructs in language can function as sculptures, as fabricated objects. Throughout his career, he has investigated the nature of language as a three-dimensional material. While believing that the value of his practice resides in the language itself, rather than in a unique physical presentation, the artist provided guidance on how to present his language; Wiener penned a statement of intent in 1968 that grounded his work condition:
THE ARTIST MAY CONSTRUCT THE WORK
THE WORK MAY BE FABRICATED
THE WORK NEED NOT BE BUILT
Both are equivalent and consistent with the artist's intent, the determination of the conditions depends on the recipient's circumstances at the time of receipt.
While he never deviated from these guidelines, the form and context of his work continued to evolve given the ever-expanding nature of language as material. The artist argues that, without limiting metaphor, the existence of a work requires reader and social engagement, rather than physical presence, which allows the viewer autonomy in interpretation. The concept fundamentally reimagines the relationship between the viewer, artist, and artwork, enabling multiple iterations of the same work.
Lawrence Weiner - << Within a Realm of Relative Form >>
Date: 27 May – 14 Oct 2023
Gallery: Lisson Gallery, Beijing, Mainland China
Address: 4/F, Building D7, Yard No.3, Jinhang East Road, Beijing, Mainland China