Submission
Lukas Weithas

The hanging cage in the white space

"The hanging cage in the white space" is an inversion of the scaffolding that forms the landscape. The grids of the cage are something like the fangs of the landscape. You can find them everywhere. They shape the slopes. They are like an invisible corset.


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Lukas Weithas, the hanging cage in the white space, 2022, metal, tension belts, 400x200x40cm
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Installation view, Lukas Weithas at Künstlerhaus Bregenz
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Lukas Weithas, 210 & 211, 2021, acrylic on canvas, each 120x80cm
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Installation view, Lukas Weithas at Künstlerhaus Bregenz
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Installation view, Lukas Weithas at Künstlerhaus Bregenz
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Lukas Weithas, 210 & 211 at Künstlerhaus Bregenz

The work can be grasped as a kind of open constraint. It is open how we and with what we change the environment. The harshness of the social on the landscape, which thus gives the appearance of pacified nature, is reminiscent of the pseudo-natural violence of the social and how it shapes the environment. We are the creator-creatures in it. We often perceive it with a distance with which even a white cube is comparable, that is, the distance from the car or train. The conquered landscape is a cage that should make us free from its dangers, but like any object of civilization it is one of barbarism, of (justified) fear, of the forces of nature. With the act of becoming art, the spark appears that this dichotomy can perhaps one day be overcome; that of nature/society, because we are already in the process of redeeming nature from its guilt of violence, but we ourselves are the expression of this violence, therefore nature can only be “saved” when humans are as well.