Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann
Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann have collaborated since 1990. Their body of work includes installations, sculptures, large-scale wall or floor paintings, and architectural interventions. The two artists work in a wide range of materials—wood, metal, paint, carpet and inflatable structures—but their true medium is space. Most of their works are site-specific, some are modular and can be adapted to different situations. Many of their pieces can not only be viewed but actually used as well while others merely feign usability or artfully subvert it.
Through careful prior analysis of the location and context of their interventions, Lang/Baumann initiate a dialogue with the existing situation, often playfully upending expectations and disrupting patterns of perception. With their opulent imagery they deliberately seek a delicate balance between clearly defined categories like public and private space, familiar and strange, art and functionality.
Lang/Baumann have been realizing many works in France, such as Hotel Everland, a mobile hotel room with only one room, presented on the rooftop of Palais de Tokyo in Paris from 2007-2009 or Beautiful Steps #7, a concrete staircase erected on the banks of the Saône near Lyon in 2013. Their work is regularly shown internationally, for instance last year they installed huge inflated tubes on the futuristic façade of Slovak Radio in Bratislava (Comfort #14) or made a giant wall painting Beautiful Bridge #2 under a highway in Tokyo.
Photo © L/B