Lawrence Weiner's (born 1942 in New York, USA) half-century career has ranged from Informel and Abstract Expressionism, to the adoption of machine-made or industrially produced art, to positing ideas as the central tenet of art, even at the expense of form. Throughout his multifaceted career Weiner has steadfastly adhered to a language-based practice, creating his first artist's book, Statements, a 64-page offset publication, in… Read more
About the artwork
Weiner's poetry is disarmingly simple. Riffing on an installation by artist Alfredo Jaar, One Million Finnish Passports, in which a million blank passports were piled up to speak about illegal immigration and displacement, Weiner used the device of his friend and colleague, to turn one such passport into a booklet of musings and a metaphor of his own. Suomi Finland Passi Port Passport is the identity of the artist, his calling card, and his certificate of existence. Weiner's work, his musings, his hopes, and desires, rolled into a plaintive song about waves, and water, love, and a floating sense of longing.