A Syntax of Dependency: Liam Gillick and Lawrence Weiner, Mukha, Antwerp, 2011

"This casual observation on an apparently long history of unrealized projects prompted M HKA to invite both artists to develop a project together in which their dialogue would finally be allowed to acquire material (and not merely discursive) form. Their commitment to exploring the many meanings and possibilities of the dialogical model in art is expressed in the exemplary title of the project, “A Syntax of Dependency:” (Note the apparent orthographic anomaly of the colon at the end, expressing the essentially open-ended, non-conclusive nature of all dialogue.) The resulting ‘collaborative’ artwork, itself a reflection upon the limits as well as the potentialities of artistic collaboration, is a direct response to M HKA's vast (±1600 square meters), quasi wall-less exhibition space, its scale and immersive quality an emphatic demonstration of the museum's programmatic dedication to fostering a culture of dialogue – between generations, between artistic cultures and paradigms, between artistic autonomy and cultural heteronomy, and between differing conceptions of art and artisthood. More concretely, the project’s ‘syntactic’ spirit blends Gillick’s signature modernist sensibility and feel for an aesthetic of application with Weiner’s command of language as a sculptural, i.e. material form, giving new depth to what could in essence be termed the materialism – as opposed to the mere materiality – of the signifier. A work with unique spatial and experiential features that prioritizes the horizontality of dialogue over the verticality of hierarchy, Gillick and Weiner’s “Syntax of Dependency:” thus resonates with the literalized rhetoric of the level playing field as an essential, defining feature of contemporary cultural production." 

M_KHA, Antwerp, 2011