Public campaign David Lamelas, Quand le ciel bas et lourd (1992) in Antwerp, click here.
Current and upcoming
Exhibitions at Jan Mot
05/06 - 24/07 + 01/09 - 12/09
Ian Wilson, David Lamelas
Traces of Speech and Time in Michel Claura's Miscellanies
Mon Amour. Reading Films
Zona MACO Sur, Mexico City
Time as Activity - Mexico City
Manon de Boer, David Lamelas, Ian Wilson
People and Time
Pierre Bismuth, Mario Garcia Torres, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Will Holder, David Lamelas, Jonathan Monk, Ian Wilson
David Lamelas. Part 2
David Lamelas. Part 1
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, David Lamelas, Jan Mancuska
Robert Barry, Manon de Boer, Pierre Bismuth, Daniel Buren, Douglas Gordon Joachim Koester, David Lamelas, Jonathan Monk, Mario Garcia Torres, Ian Wilson
Today is just a copy of yesterday
Pierre Bismuth, Maria Blondeel, Manon de Boer,
Rebecca Bournigault, Adam Chodzko, Michael Curran,
Tracey Emin, Dora García, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster,
Douglas Gordon, Joseph Grigely, Pierre Huyghe,
Renée Kool, David Lamelas, Kobe Matthys,
Wouter van Riessen, Ian Wilson, Zapp magazine
A Life Of Their Own
MALBA, Buenos Aires
Photo: Javier Agustín Rojas
A Life of Their Own
The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach
Photo: Kristina Newhouse
34th Venice Biennale, Venice (IT)
"Time. At this moment in our lives we have available time from home. Perhaps we have never realised how important it is one minute, in relationship to each other. This performance is about the space of time that connects us all. The hour may be different in Argentina, Europe, Africa or Australia but we all share the same space of time. Information, political ideas, country limits, economical interest, divides us. But we live in a singular time: the present. For this event we have invited 20 persons throughout the world to create a line of time. The time is passed from one person to another, as in a chain of continuity and unity. After we finish you are invited to continue the line passing the time to the person next to you or to yourself if you happen to be by yourself. Thank you." (Statement made by David Lamelas via YouTube on April 15th, 2020 to announce the first iteration of the performance Time.)
Film 18 Paris IV. 70, 1970
16mm film, black and white, sound
9 minutes 16 seconds
edition of 5 and 2 A.P.
Time As Activity - Düsseldorf, 1969
16mm film, black and white, silent
edition of 5 and 2 A.P.
Time as Activity, an ongoing series started in 1969 with Time as Activity-Düsseldorf, a piece which sets out from the premise of filming the city in stationary shots in three locations at three determined times of day. Each one of these moments is demarcated by indicating the previous duration in minutes, whereby the real time of filming equals the fictitious screening time. After Düsseldorf, Lamelas has filmed in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Sankt Gallen, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Naples, Milan and Madrid, an international transit which relates the displacement of his own life. On the surface, the series shows the continuous and hyperconnected duration of global information; however, rather than simply reproducing the mechanics of entertainment, it develops an open and circumstantial account. Time, the latest merchandising and product of contemporary capitalism, is re-appropriated by the artist as an event, as an activity, which is at once limited and elusive.
Born in Buenos Aires, 1946
Lives and works in Los Angeles and Buenos Aires
The Hunter College Art Galleries are presenting Life as Activity: David Lamelas (03/11-18/12), an exhibition marking David Lamelas’s first solo show in New York in more than a decade. It brings together sculpture, film, and photography made across many decades and locations. Among others, Situación de cuatro placas de aluminio (Four Changeable Plaques) (1966), Limit of a Projection (1967), The Violent Tapes of 1975 (1975), and two films, The Desert People(1974), and The Invention of Dr. Morel (2000). Showcasing the ways in which Lamelas makes us aware of how the stories we tell ourselves are shaped by encounters with space and time, all of these works invite us to participate inscenarios in which container, contained, observer, and observed become blurred. On the occasion of the exhibition, a publication has been produced including essays and previously unpublished materials from the artist’s papers. The catalog is available for purchase via University of Chicago Press.
Jan Mot's booth at Art Basel (CH) with works by Francis Alÿs, Pierre Bismuth, stanley brouwn, Andrea Büttner, Mario Garcia Torres, Joachim Koester, David Lamelas, readymades belong to everyone®, Vonna-Michell and Ian Wilson (photo: Studio Shapiro).
Far, America opening on July 23rd at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC) in Santiago de Compostela is the first retrospective of David Lamelas to be held in Spain after the show dedicated to his films organised by the Centro José Guerrero in Granada in 2009. The exhibition, curated by Pedro de Llano Neira, will present the development of his oeuvre, spanning various periods from his beginnings in Buenos Aires in the early sixties to date, focusing on two major issues: Lamelas's relationship with Galicia (his parents had emigrated from Manzaneda and Castro Caldelas during the Spanish Civil War) and the importance of design and drawing in his artistic practice over the course of his long career, both in the form of independent drawings, as in the Aleph series (1986-1989), and as a means of developing an idea in the fields of sculpture, photography, film and architecture.
Within the framework of the exhibition David Lamelas Far, America, opening next July, the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC), in Santiago de Compostela (ES), published the re-edition and translation into Spanish and Galician of a historical work by David Lamelas –his book Publication (1970). Publication is a key work of Conceptual art representative of the introduction of oral and written language in the context of the visual arts, as well as of "artist's books" created at that time, which played a fundamental role in the so-called "dematerialization" of the artwork.
This re-edition happens exactly fifty years after its first print in London, and integrates a series of proposals from artists and critics such as Robert Barry, Daniel Buren, Ian Wilson and Lucy Lippard, together with the previously unpublished contribution by Marcel Broodthaers.
CGAC organised a publication launch with David Lamelas, Mario Garcia Torres and Pedro de Llano which is available online.
Jan Mot is participating in Art Basel Online Viewing Room: Pioneers with the presentation Seth Siegelaub: How is Art History Made? focusing on works by trailblazing artists who have been part of Seth Siegelaub’s projects: Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Rosemarie Castoro, Hanne Darboven, Douglas Huebler, Robert Huot, Joseph Kosuth, David Lamelas, Lawrence Weiner and Ian Wilson. The VIP opening starts on 24/03 at 2pm (CET) and will be followed by public days 25/03-27/03.
Image above: Joseph Kosuth, Titled (A.A.I.A.I.) (white), 1967.
In early December 2020 the gallery launched a public campaign to save a major public work by David Lamelas, Quand le ciel bas et lourd (1992) situated in the park of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Due to a mistake in the planning of a new entrance for the museum that is currently under renovation, it had become unavoidable to move the work. Last summer the Flemish authorities regrettably withdrew their initial support to rebuild the piece on the same site and the existence of the work is now seriously threatened. Demolition of the piece is scheduled for March 22.
A first letter by Lamelas from September 2020 sent to Jan Jambon, Flemish minister of Culture, asking him to revert his decision remained unanswered. Therefor the gallery decided to launch a campaign asking people to co-sign the artist’s letter. By the time the letter was resent to the minister (December 16) 840 artists, curators, museum directors, critics, gallerists and art lovers from Belgium and all over the world had signed it.
Please click here to read the letter to Jan Jambon, the list of co-signatories, the reaction from Bart De Baere, director of the M HKA who owns the piece, the reaction from the gallery and artist to De Baere’s response as well as a growing list of press articles and general information on the work.
If you wish to show your support we still invite you to sign and your name will be added to the list. We will continue to update our website with any new developments.
You can follow in real time the performance on youtube via this link:
It will start at 11:45 pm KST (Seoul), 3:45 pm CET (Paris), 9:45 am EST (NYC).
David Lamelas' site specific installation Corner Piece (1966) will be presented as part of the show Collection 1940s–1970s at MoMA New York starting on October 24th. The work will be on view for approximately three years. (Image: Corner Piece at Jan Mot, 2006)
Multiple works by David Lamelas selected by Adam Szymczyk are included in the program of the 22nd edition of experimental film and video festival Videoex 2020 in Zürich. On Friday 18/09 at 7:30 pm: Argentina II: Time as Activity - David Lamelas and on Sunday 20/09 at 4 pm: Argentina III: Movies and Television: David Lamelas and at 5:45 pm: Argentina IV: In Our Time - David Lamelas.