Moment VI: LW/LW with Louwrien Wijers, Lawrence Weiner, and friends
Exhibition text available here
As one of the most influential figures of her generation, Louwrien has brought together communities in her mental sculptures since 1968. She was a collaborator of Joseph Beuys, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and Andy Warhol to name a few. In 1990, her most intricate mental sculpture Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a changing Economy manifested as a 5-day conference, television program and exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The sculpture continues to resonate with artists, curators, and audiences today. Louwrien’s artworks are conduits and connectors to other practices, politics, and generations, and transforms Shimmer into a place of meeting. Enveloping the audience are two large wall works that face each other. The first is a new artwork Island 1973-1974 by Wijers depicting her time living on PEN-island in the ship ‘Silence’ with a driftwood interior. The artwork looks fondly over to her brother-in-art Lawrence Weiner’s wall work A Wall Built to Face The Land & Face The Water (At Sea Level) Importantly LW/LW takes stock in the generosity of friendships spanning a lifetime. The exhibition also invites unexpected connections and ways of remaining open, fluid, and available to identity, aesthetics, and materiality. Finally, at the opening, we will present a signed limited edition Saint Society multiple that completes the exhibition.
Woven through the exhibition are a series of mental sculptures including a dinner on 8 February with Louwrien and her long-term collaborator Egon Hanfstingl. With Egon, we invite you to join us in the dinner’s preparation. In this mental sculpture, the ‘meal’ becomes a conduit to connect different social groups who are bound together by food in Cooking Together/Eating Together/Talking Together.
Louwrien Wijers (b. 1941, The Netherlands) was active in the international art movements like Fluxus, Conceptual Art, Performance Art and Social Sculpture and wrote for the Algemeen Handelsblad and Museumjournaal and Het Financieele Dagblad. In 1990 at the Stedelijk Museum she organised a five-day panel discussion titled 'Art meets Science and Spirituality in a changing economy’. Which included artists, scientists, spiritual leaders and economists together such as the Dalai Lama, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, J.C.J. Vanderheyden, Mother Tessa Bielecki, Lawrence Weiner, and Marina Abramovic. She lives and works near Hallum Friesland.
Lawrence Weiner (b.1942) is known for his language-based sculpture and works pursuing inquiries into language and a radical redefinition of the artist/viewer relationship. In pieces like A Square Removal From a Rug in Use (1969) or Encased By + Reduced to Rust (1986), the value exists in the idea itself, as expressed in words. Considering language to be a sculptural material and believing that a construction in language can function as sculpture as adequately as a fabricated object, Weiner's works operate beyond the specificity and constraints of traditional presentation, inspiring artists like Barbara Kruger and Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
The exhibition is supported by the Mondriaan Fund, Gemeente Rotterdam, Stichting Stokroos, and those who wish to remain anonymous.
Images below from Cooking Together/Eating Together/Talking Together, Louwrien Wijers and Egon Hanfstingl, 2019
Curry made with turnip, kale, and mushrooms.Hiziki seaweed and burdock.Daikon pickled in umeshu.Kichery of calesparra rice with red lentils.