Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell

Galerie Luis Campaña

All architecture reflects hierarchies and social structures. Prisons, theaters, hospitals, museums, or convention centers—their façades and layouts indicate political, social, and cultural positions. Chairs are the lowest common denominator in all buildings. Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell, two young British artists, employ a vocabulary of chairs, whose seats reveal architectural models between two glass plates. Passed in the Present, 1987, consists of six chairs, five of them dazzling white and one black. The precise execution of their design wipes out any hint of the construction process. The models seem intrinsic to the chairs themselves, requiring nothing but exposure. In the direct, vertical illumination, the building design is cast as a shadow on the floor. The chair becomes a structure on the floor plan of its own building; the legs of the chair, corner pillars. The art object dominates

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