Documenting my study with Lawrence Weiner. His pieces are conceptual, unusual words saying something about the world. He likes to make statements allowing him to judge his relationship with the world.
The work is imperative to the location, placed on or inside a structure, where it functions as a dialogue between the artist and the world, allowing the artist to understand the relationship.
The artists process starts with a question, it needs to find a place, it shakes the ground and once it has made a space it stops becoming art, it becomes an object, something people can use to enrich their daily life.
I studied the following statement by Lawrence Weiner:
MANY COLOURED OBJECTS PLACED SIDE BY SIDE
TO FORM A ROW OF MANY COLOURED OBJECTS
Here the artist uses words as the tool to sculpt the object in the minds eye of the viewer, the viewers mind is the material. I can appreciate the visualization of the process, The coloured objects are anything the viewer chooses them to be, and then we visualize these objects positioned side by side. In the following instance, ‘side by side’ for me indicates the reshaping of the existing relationship, the objects are either facing each other or opposing each other. In conclusion, the finality of this visualisation ends with the formation of a row of the coloured objects, unifying the sum of the coloured objects.
Below I show a literal manifestation of the statement as it appeared in my mind.
A row of many coloured objects
paper and ink
For me, the moment of transformation occurred when I changed the content of the objects and the context of their space, a juxtaposition. I can think of topics such as branding the mind; political discourse, cultural clashes but I think in essence, it reveals itself as a key to understanding the relationships between things, more specifically “A Disagreement of Objects.
A disagreement of objects
paper and ink, plastic, toiletry objects, cloth
We live in a democratic society, democracy is all about entitlement, every human being is on the same level as everybody else and has the same rights as the next person, side by side, in a row. In an Hierarchy, where someone thinks they are better than someone else, there is no democracy, but there is an opportunity for someone to make art and change the way we see the world.