Dispatches from the Montréal Biennial: Lawrence Weiner Texts on the Arctic

Three text pieces by Lawrence Weiner are the only works in the biennial not created in the past few years. Conceived in 1969, when Weiner was living and working Montréal, they arose from a trip he took to the Canadian Arctic with Lucy Lippard. The actions in the texts (“An Abridgement Of An Abutment To On Near Or About The Arctic Circle”; “A Natural Water Course Diverted Reduced Or Replaced”; “The Arctic Circle Shattered”) were actually enacted by Weiner on his trip. Weiner’s works are spread across three sites in the city: The Fonderie Darling (above), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and 1 Place Ville Marie.

— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)

(Photo: Ashton Cooper)