Artist’s Palate: Lawrence Weiner’s open-faced sandwich

Lawrence Weiner’s Open-faced sandwich
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Set in his distinctive typeface, Lawrence Weiner’s recipe for a Californian diner sandwich bears all the hallmarks of his conceptual wall texts – built from modest elements, poetic in its expression and universal in its appeal. Three cherished staples of American food (creamy peanut butter, crispy bacon and crunchy iceberg lettuce) are heaped atop one another for an unexpected mix of textures and flavours. Wash it down with a neat malt whiskey.

Smooth peanut butter
Strip bacon
Red peppers (dried)
Thinly-sliced habaneros
Iceberg lettuce
Salt & black pepper
Thinly-sliced white bread (not toasted)

Firstly put the peanut butter on the bread then put the crushed dried red peppers
And freshly fried strip bacon (2 to 3 pieces)
A tranch of iceberg lettuce
A little bit of salt & black pepper
& some thinly-sliced habaneros on the top
& serve it with a neat malt whiskey

A version of this article originally featured in the July 2019 issue of Wallpaper* (W*244)

TF Chan is a former editor of Wallpaper* (2020-23), where he was responsible for the monthly print magazine, planning, commissioning, editing and writing long-lead content across all pillars. He also played a leading role in multi-channel editorial franchises, such as Wallpaper’s annual Design Awards, Guest Editor takeovers and Next Generation series. He aims to create world-class, visually-driven content while championing diversity, international representation and social impact. TF joined Wallpaper* as an intern in January 2013, and served as its commissioning editor from 2017-20, winning a 30 under 30 New Talent Award from the Professional Publishers’ Association. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he holds an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University.