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"the means is the message" 1988
Lucien den Arend
"Form cannot dictate the means. Form is only my end. The means is my message, the end is my means. Form is material. The means dictates the material. Everything is material, everything is form. Groups of molecules, and whatever else, define bodies in what we call space. There is no first dimension, there is no second dimension, there is no third dimension. The fourth dimension is fiction. Subdivision is theory. Everything is reality. I study delineation of form, from the inside outward, transdimensionally. Legible form. Delineation of space. Scientifically."
My work is mostly site specific, taking into account the specific characteristics of the location - the scale, colors and human interaction possibilities. I have worked for over sixty cities in the world and claim to have the necessary experience.
I do not do not limit myself to specific materials or
techniques. I am concerned with conveying my message by means of
geometric construction and organization. Sometimes my work
materializes as an object, but when possible I prefer creating
urban and natural environments which one can enter – physically
as well as contemplatively. I am concerned with conveying my
message by means of geometric construction and organization.
I usually work for local and national governments. I create new situations which involve the public. The realm in which I operate lies between constructing concrete objects and totally altering or composing new urban and natural environments.
Scale is for me of essential importance. The work relates itself to the human dimension and vice versa. Inasmuch as other artists present their message through the content of their work, I involve the observer of the work with the
interaction of lines, planes and material. My sculpture owes its significance to this interaction. I use materials from the surroundings - depending on the location, these materials can be metal, stone, water, earth or plants; as long
as he is in control. Trees grow and water moves, as long as it takes place under my direction.
My works can be found mainly in the public domain as well as in private collections.
Lucien den Arend