‘There are times when the obvious becomes necessity, when the truism is non-imperative but highly instructive.’ – Lawrence Weiner The artist defines his sculptural medium as ‘language + the material referred to’, in the sense that language is a material for construction. As a trailblazer in the concept of art as language, his works have appeared worldwide in myriad places over the last five decades.
Following his 1969 ‘Statement of Intent’:
1. The artist may construct the work
2. The work may be fabricated
3. The work need not to be built
Each being equal and consistent with the intent of the artist the decision as to condition rests with the receiver upon the occasion of receivership. Weiner always creates his work under the condition that an artwork must physically exist to be art. For Weiner, art is the empirical fact of the relationships of object to objects in relation to human beings and not dependent upon historical precedent for either use or legitimacy.