Air Routes of the World (Day)
About the work
Place: Department of Health and Social Care, 39 Victoria Street
At first glance, this screenprint together with its counterpart, 'Air Routes of the World (Night)', also in the Collection, appears as an abstract compositions of dots and lines, like constellations of stars. A closer inspection reveals that the images represent aerial maps similar to those usually found in in-flight magazines. Showing the domestic and international flight routes taken by an airline, the maps are aesthetically striking ways of conveying practical information. The ‘Night’ and ‘Day’ subtitle of each work are also suggested by the use of white on black and black on white.
Langlands & Bell are concerned with the systems by which our lives are controlled. An earlier work, titled Air Routes in NW Europe (Night and Day), is described as ‘an image and effigy of some obscure force, abstract and elusive: an image not only of speed, but of the whole system of control over human travel’ (Serpentine Gallery exhibition catalogue, 1997).
- Air Routes of the World (Day)
- A/P VI/XI
- height: 83.90 cm, width: 143.80 cm
- Purchased from Alan Cristea Gallery, November 2010
- verso bc: Langlands & Bell 2001 AP VI/XI
- Alan Cristea Gallery, London
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