Langlands & Bell

Maureen Paley Interim Art

The art of Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell treats architecture as a literal embodiment of ideas, beliefs, and values; theirs is an art that is of the museum and gallery as much as for it. Fabricating models of buildings, they present these in vitrines that take the form of chairs, tables, and wall sculptures—objects with which we enjoy everyday relationships. Sandwiched between two sheets of glass, their plans and cross-sections suggest metaphors for the social structures—the ethical, political, economic, juridical, and cultural systems that ultimately shape us. Langlands & Bell’s abiding interest has been in connecting these objects—which is to say the domestic or individual—to that wider social space.

An oval table at the center of the show, made up of smaller, more manageable sections, is laquered white, like all of Langlands & Bell’s work. Constructed in their usual furniture-cum-display-case

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