Works Realized in the Facultad de Bellas Artes de Madrid Prior to Forming Linde Ludeña Sierra

Manuel Ludeña/Santiago Sierra

Mixed Media, 1988
Facultad de Bellas Artes/Parque del Retiro, Madrid (E)

During the last 2 years at the art academy, Manuel Ludeña and Santiago Sierra turn in joint projects as their works.

Almut Linde
Dirty Minimal #4.2 — Log Constellations

3-6 Wood logs, each 25 x 25 x 55 cm, b/w photographs,32 partes, each 40 x 30 cm, 1988
Facultad de Bellas Artes, Madrid (E)

In analogy to a minimal series of equal elements, a series of up to 5 wood logs has been assembled. Unlike the term ′cube′ for example, the term ′wood log′ allows for an infinite amount of variation. Thus, the concept of the minimal series has been transposed from concept space to reality in order to allow variation that is not visible in concept space.
This work drew a lot of attention at the Facultad de Bellas Artes due to the different approach to using the wood logs as a material. The artist uses the material direclty instead of forcing it into a different shape by carving, as was the planned use for these wood logs at the academy. Almut Linde met Manuel Ludena and Santiago Sierra during the realization of this work in the backyard of the academy which would lead to the formation of the collective.