Edition of twenty-five, 2014
Lang examines Communist monuments and acts of political iconoclasm. The sculptural photobook incorporates patinated bronze resin casting and photographs of the artist’s interventions of life-like body casts with political public sculptures relocated to Budapest’s Memento Sculpture Park. Commissioned by KALEID editions and supported by Arts Council England.
Awarded the Birgit Skïold Memorial Trust Prize for Excellence 2014. Acquired by the V&A Museum’s National Art Library, MoMA and Lafayette libraries and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection.
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Winner of the Birgit Skïold Memorial Trust Prize for Excellence 2014
Awarded at The London Art Book Fair and acquired by the V&A Museum, National Art Library.
A photobook of ten diptychs with accompanying text contained within an archival tomb bound in Buckram cloth with plaque inset, cast in patinated bronze resin.
Digital pigment printed on St. Cuthberts Mill Bockingford paper.
Edition of twenty-five (plus three artist’s proofs, signed and numbered), 2014.
Commissioned by KALEID editions and supported by Arts Council England.
Artist’s Book Commission
KALEID editions’ inaugural art commission is an original sculptural photobook, incorporating patinated bronze resin casting and previously unseen photographic works by Liane Lang. Strikingly ambitious and timely, Lang examines Communist monuments and acts of political iconoclasm. Photographs of sculptural figures relocated in Budapest’s Memento Sculpture Park show interventions with life-like body casts made in the artist’s studio.
Lang’s preoccupation with the iconography of political public sculpture began in childhood and her ongoing expansive photography project on which Amnesiac Patina draws upon, captures monuments celebrating now fallen ideologies. The current political climate in Ukraine and along Russia’s borders reaffirms the significance of Lang’s recent interventions; demonstrating the power of the public sculptural figure to continually shift in meaning and perception. Lang comments: “The interesting thing about working with the deposed monuments is that their status and associations can change according to what’s happening in the world. Where previously monumental Communist statues were looked at with certain nostalgia, now they have new associations to do with imperial ambitions. The way the figure in sculpture is used and abused is different to other kinds of objects and images, it is treated as proxy human, a physical manifestation of the person depicted.”
The book cover’s sculptural plaque inset, hand-cast in patinated bronze resin, references the Workers’ Militia Demonstration (Munkásőr demonstráció, 1973) a shallow relief depicting lines of faceless soldiers which now remains forgotten in the park. The inner pages are archival pigment prints presented as ten diptychs featuring photographs of Communist figures re-posed with Lang’s dolls on location or re-modelled in miniature, permitting an intimate engagement with otherwise forbiddingly large and injurious objects. The omnipotent and intimidating dictator is diminished to the scale of a paperweight, gently ridiculing the hubris of the mighty in the face of their decline.
Speaking about KALEID editions’ commission, Lang reveals: “This is my first artist’s book and I’m enjoying the process of bringing together the textural sculptural element of my work and the photographic into one object. The sequential and contained format of the book broadened my way of thinking, creating new narratives and conceptual connections within my practice. It’s been an exciting process.”
KALEID 2014 London Director Victoria Browne explains: ‘”KALEID editions’ dedicated representation and international success over the past five years has recently been endorsed by Arts Council England, enabling the exciting development of a new collection of contemporary books by high profile artists. I commend Lang for her creative dexterity, intellectual rigour and commitment to the project; working on a series of complex sculptural maquettes between exhibiting at the Musée des Beaux Arts Calais and a prestigious residency award in New York.”
© Liane Lang. KALEID editions, 2014.
Artist in Conversation
‘Amnesiac Patina’ was launched at KALEID 2014 London by Liane Lang in conversation with James Putnam, curator and art writer.
Liane Lang (born in Germany) lives and works in London. A Postgraduate of The Royal Academy Schools, London, Lang’s work is concerned with the cognisance of man-made objects through photography, video and sculpture. She is currently exhibiting at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Calais, after a recent solo show at The House of St. Barnabas, curated by Marcelle Joseph Projects London. Lang has exhibited internationally at Kunstwerke in Berlin, Art First Projects and Purdy Hicks in London, Kansas City Art Institute, and PS1 New York. Her work is held in a number of notable public collections including the Saatchi Gallery, Arts Council England and The Royal Academy, as well as significant private collections.
James Putnam is an independent curator and writer. He founded the British Museum’s Contemporary Arts and Cultures Programme in 1999 which relates to the philosophically rigorous role of museums: to examine and re-examine history, art and artefacts in the light of current cultural-related issues. He initiates projects with a cross-disciplinary approach and organises exhibitions which combine contemporary art with historic sites and artefacts, like the ongoing series of exhibitions he curates at the Freud Museum, London. He is also a writer, having published both on ancient and contemporary art, including ‘Art and Artefact – the Museum as Medium’ (Thames & Hudson, 2001) which offers an extensive survey of the relationship between the artist and museum, a subject on which he also lectures. His ongoing ‘White Light/White Heat- Glasstress’ – Collateral project for the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013 recently toured to the Wallace Collection.
© Tontxi Vazquez, 2014.