QAL'A OF THE BANU, HAMMAD, ALGERIA 1996
Langlands & Bell (1955 & 1959 – )
- 76 X 72 CM
- BLIND EMBOSSED PRINT
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The sculptures of Langlands and Bell, usually in relief form, relate to architectural ground plans of buildings, chosen because they are repositories of power or mechanisms of social control. The suite of ten blind print embossed prints was made from drawings derived from the ground plans of mosques. They invite contemplation and comparison of the particular geometry of religious buildings; their definition of social space and moral structure; their emblematic point of focus, and their relationship with both the secular world outside and the infinite beyond.
These prints are based on drawings made on tracing paper which then transferred to zinc plates. Enclosure and Identitywas published in 1996 by Charles Booth-Clibborn under his imprint The Paragon Press and Printed at Hope (Sufferance) Press, London in an edition of 35.
Multiple Choice: Prints by Young British Artists, The British Council 1997
Contemporary Art in Print, Booth Clibborn Editions, London 2001. Texts by Jeremy Lewison and Patrick Elliott, foreword by Charles Booth-Clibborn
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