Liane Lang has spent several months photographing the plaster copies of classical sculptures held in the Royal Academy collection. These sculptures, often cast from already damaged originals, are yellowed with age and show additional damage from generations of use as teaching material in the art school’s past.
The artist suggests that her work is “performance art without performers, with no acting or self consciousness. The photographs are animation in a still image, bringing dead matter to life convincingly enough to be unsettling. An uncanny semblance of life can at times suggest more sentient depth than the real thing, and can induce closer scrutiny in the viewer. In this series particularly, it’s about dead art being resuscitated for a photograph.“
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