David Lamelas
Antwerp-Brussels (People + Time)
1969
Black-and-white photographs mounted on aluminum, folder
9 units, 12 x 9 1/2 in. (30.5 x 24.1 cm) each
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Promised gift of Stuart and Judy Spence

By 1969 certain artists were combining text and photographs to explore the notion that perception is mutable and rooted in the details of life. One must consider Lamelas's work in relation to his experience at a particular time and place, and photography is adept at communicating and validating those particulars. In these images he documented friends and associates on the streets of Antwerp and Brussels. With each photograph, he included the time of day, but not the date, and the names of the individuals, some of which are familiar: the artists Marcel Broodthaers and Panamarenko and the dealer Kasper Koenig. The pictures were all taken in the afternoon at or before 3:30. Most days were rainy, but three photographs were taken in sunlight. These works are arranged systematically, by time. Like many of the other artists in the show, Lamelas wanted to communicate as directly as possible with the viewer. The more details he gives, the more spectators may be induced to empathize with the situations he presents.