Argentine Artists in MAP - David Lamelas' Bio & Art | Guggenheim UBS MAP
b. 1946, Buenos Aires | lives and works in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Paris
In the late 1960s, David Lamelas’s practice shifted away from Pop art-inflected sculpture, acquiring a more conceptual focus centered on mass media. He began using video to parody mainstream formats such as television news. In The Dictator (1978), a collaboration with Hildegarde Duane, Lamelas adopts the persona of an overthrown tyrant from the fictional country of St. Ana. The video is staged as an interview in which the reporter’s outwardly hard-hitting questions ultimately serve to affirm its subject’s cult of personality.
What Does a Minute Feel Like? The New Yorker, August 7, 2014 The other day, I was a lab rat in a performance-art piece on the High Line. The artist, an Argentinian named David Lamelas, arranged forty-odd people—friends, tourists, commuters, passersby—shoulder to shoulder, like an extra-long police lineup. More
David Lamelas: Time Line on the High Line High Line, New York City, July 22, 2014 For Time Line on the High Line, David Lamelas invites a group of people to stand along a line, beginning the piece by announcing the time at that very moment to the first participant in line, who then “holds” the time for an estimated one minute, at which point they then announce the time out loud and “pass” it to the next person, and so on, eventually revealing the subjective nature of time. More