Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sol Lang : ABAD MoMA Wales UK [79]

A Book About Death – MoMA Wales, April 2010 – Sol Lang from sollang on Vimeo.


As part of the new exhibition organized by artist Sonja Benskin Mesher, RCA, several artists were invited to produce new pieces to augment the show and draw upon a range of experiences.

Sol Lang, the Montreal-based artist, contributed a mixed media, hanging mobile, consisting of three pillow-like panels representing a six-page book about death. The subject is a commentary on the destruction of our forests, symbolizing the imminent self-destruction of mankind. The three pillows are printed on with photographic images of cut down trees from the "Ravaged Forest" series and superimposed text. They are all sewn together with colored threads, hanging in an unrolled scroll-like fashion, from a real tree branch shaped like a wishbone to represent an optimistic plea for our future.

The text reads as follows:

"In my mind I conjure up images from post holocaust documentary films of the death camps taken by the allied forces. Bodies piled up one on to of the other, as the bulldozers shovel them into the massive graves. Trees symbolize life. Cut down, they give me an ominous feeling that foreshadows an end of humanity."

This art piece was created for the "A Book About Death" exhibition, April 27th to May 8th, 2010, to remain in the permanent collection the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA-Wales, UK. Sol Lang website: http://sollang.com/Sol_Lang.html

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