Inherent Innate TensionLawrence Weiner

The relationship of human beings to objects
and objects to objects in relation to human beings

 

on left: Lawrence Weiner – Inherent Innate Tension, 2015 and The Boulders On Top Rent & Split, 1987
on right: Lawrence Weiner – After Here & There, 2014

 

Marian Goodman Gallery presents the exhibition of Lawrence Weiner: INHERENT INNATE TENSION opening March 1st and on view through April 22nd. Lawrence Weiner’s structures have defined his art as ‘the relationship of human beings to objects and objects to objects in relation to human beings’. Taking this as a cornerstone of his practice, Weiner’s body of work has at its core a fundamental questioning of the conventions of objecthood in relation to the producer and its viewer. His early work incorporated actions, paintings, cut-out sculptures, reliefs and objects. In the late 1960s Weiner began formulating new parameters for his work, seeking to transform its practice and reception through the use of the universally common availability of language. In 1968 he made public his Statement of Intent. Positing that the linguistic creation of a work of art was enough for his work to exist.  

 

“ART IS STILL ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION OF ONE HUMAN BEING’S OBSERVATIONS TO
ANOTHER HUMAN BEING WITH THE INTENT OF BRINGING ABOUT A CHANGE OF STATE.”
LAWRENCE WEINER