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Through October 18, 2013
Sculptures and photographs that take as their subject defaced and destroyed monuments to dictators and deposed leaders are featured in an exhibition Monumental Misconceptions by Liane Lang at Hofstra University’s Rosenberg Gallery, through October 18, 2013. For more information call (516) 463-5474.
Monumental Misconceptions includes works made during Ms. Lang’s residency at the Memento Sculpture Park in Budapest - the resting place of discarded and exiled monumental sculptural works from the socialist era in Hungary. Ms. Lang’s selection of sculptures carries a subtext: The monumental statues of feudalism, the Prussian emperor on horseback, the mighty tzar on his throne, the eminent statue of Bismarck, were all deposed and melted down by Socialists. Their bronze may well have gone into the production of Lenin, Stalin and Dherzhinsky in the following years.
The works, both sculptural and photographic, address the role of scale in our perception of art. The statuesque subjects of her works are variously belittled (in their reduction to sculptural miniatures) or revealed as grotesques as Lang introduces her life-size simulacra to them, highlighting the absurdity of their heroic poses. The resulting original works thus retain the echo of the appropriated sculpture's polemic message, but create room around them for humor and a strange and haunting beauty, born of empathy – for the mighty (however tyrannical) brought low, and for the very human condition of impermanence.
Liane Lang is an artist based in London. Her work is concerned with notions of animacy, which she investigates through sculpture, photography and video works. Recent projects have included residencies in Hungary and Latvia, where the artist used photography and animation to stage interventions with monuments from the Socialist era. She has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad and her work is held in a number of notable collections.