LAWRENCE WEINER (US)
Video Beached (1970); Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix.
Lawrence Weiner. Exhibition view of the video Beached (1970) at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Photograph by Mauro Sambo.
Lawrence Weiner (born 1942 in New York) is a key figure in Conceptual Art, and has long pursued inquiries into language and the art-making process. From his
pioneering installation works of the 1960s and '70s through his new digital
projects, Weiner posits a radical redefinition of the artist/viewer
relationship and the very nature of the artwork. Translating his investigations
into linguistic structures and visual systems across varied formats and
manifestations, Weiner has also produced books, films, videos, performances and
audio works. In his recent series of digital works, Weiner
stakes out new territory even as he extends these investigations. Evoking
analytic philosophy and linguistic games, Weiner deploys animated drawings and
epigrammatic text that interact in a symbolic language. Ultimately, these
visual and linguistic systems take on provocative narrative meaning.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK presents the video work Beached (1970). The
soundtrack begins with the artist stating the conditions: 'An artist may
construct a work and/or a work may be fabricated and/or a work need not be
built. I elected five possibilities for videotape.' One sees the artist come
over the horizon at a rocky beach and throw a piece of wood. The five
possibilities are actions that execute Beached. They are shot in five sequences
that are separated by dissolves, and consist of throwing, pulling, lifting,
dragging and using leverage. The artist leaves the camera frame in the
end. (Alice Weiner)