Lawrence Weiner at The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
The Group Show “On Bord the Ships at Sea are We”
is now extended from June 6 until August 16 2019 at The FLAG Art Foundation
in New York City.
The exhibition presents Robert Therrien’s monumental No title (table and six chairs)
, 2003, alongside Rachel Whiteread’s Untitled (Pair)
,1999, a duo of interlocking, cast mortuary slabs, and includes two wall-sized text works by Lawrence Weiner: A MIRROR SCRATCHED AT THE BRIEF POINT TWIXT SILVER BLACK WHERE THE IMAGE TURNS TO RETURN TO SENDER, and a newly-created aphorism* (from which the show takes its title) that is the artist’s personal response to the current refugee crisis. Lawrence Weiner, one of the forerunners of Conceptual art, contributes two iconic wall-sized typographic texts to the exhibition: one on the opening wall, the other on its reverse. A MIRROR SCRATCHED AT THE BRIEF POINT TWIXT SILVER BLACK WHERE THE IMAGE TURNS TO RETURN TO SENDER, executed in chrome lettering outlined in black, both reflects and obscures the Therrien and Whiteread sculptures across from it, uniting all three voices in conversation. Weiner draws subtle distinctions on his monochromatic text-based works, considering some minimalist sculptures and others aphorisms*, including his new work ON BOARD THE SHIPS AT SEA ARE WE. Though the artist’s personal intention for this piece was to be a response to the global refugee crisis, like all his text-based works, it welcomes individual interpretations.