Unexpected Interactions with Monumental Statues by Liane Lang

London-based artist Liane Lang's series entitled Monumental Misconceptions features her interacting with tall, imposing statues in unexpected ways. The collection of photographs depict Lang in different situations and places, and she's not just pretending to have her arm around the large figures. Rather, the artist takes a more active role, climbing inside, hanging from, and laying underneath the monuments at the Memento Sculpture Park in Budapest.

Some of Lang's images show her attempting to be one with the statues; we see her legs are moving with theirs, and she's laying in a similar position with them. Other times, the artist seems to be an adversary to these figures. She's seen crushed under one giant's foot as well as in the path of running men. The photos, often captured from far away, highlight the disparity in size between the two subjects. Thei interactions create a different story than if the statues were shown by themselves. With Lang, they now appear to take on an active life of their own.

Liane Lang
via [I Need a Guide]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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