This pair of works, or diptych, appears at first glance to be entirely abstract. The two images are, however, representations of air routes across Japan. They resemble the diagrams printed in in-flight magazines, showing domestic and international flight routes. Langlands and Bell have been working in collaboration since the late 1970s and are fascinated by the codes and systems which govern our lives. Night and day, and the twenty-four-hour pace of modern life, are suggested here through the artists' use of white on black and black on white.
Diptych: screen process print on glass inside painted, glazed wood boxes
height: 77.00 x 77.00 cm, width: 64.00 x 64.00 cm, depth: 11.00 x 11.00 cm
Purchased from the artists, July 1999
left side, verso: AIR ROUTES OF JAPAN (NIGHT) / [DIPTYCH: LEFT HAND PANEL] / Langlands & Bell 1998 / 2/5
right side, verso: AIR ROUTES OF JAPAN (DAY) / [DIPTYCH: RIGHT HAND PANEL] / Langlands & Bell 1998 / 2/5
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