HOLZER Jenny

 

Artist Jenny HolzerBorn in 1959 in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Lives and works in New York.

  1. Going where you’re not supposed to (from the Living series, 1980–1982), 1981,

Text on cast bronze plaque

 

  1. If things were a little different (from the Living series, 1980–1982), 2005

Text on cast bronze plaque

 

If you were a good child(from the Living series, 1980–1982), 1981

Text on cast bronze plaque

 

  1. Someone wants to cut a hole in you  (from the Living series, 1980–1982), 1981

Text on cast bronze plaque

 

5. Something happens to the voices of people (from the Living series, 1980–1982),1981

Text on cast bronze plaque

 

6. The rich knfing victim can lip (from the Living series, 1980–1982), 1981

Text on cast bronze plaque

 

7. With bleeding inside the head (from the Living series, 1980–1982), 1981

Text on cast bronze plaque

 

8. You can make yourself enter somewhere (from the Living series, 1980–1982),1981

Text on cast bronze plaque

 

9. It is unfair to tear somebody apart (from the Living series, 1980–1982) 1981 (Editioned date: 1999)

Text on cast bronze plaque

 

10. Damage is done by the tacit understanding(from the Living series, 1980–1982),1981

Text on cast bronze plaque

 

ТRUISMS (1977-1979), 2013

Digital animation with HD mini-projector in custom enclosure

 

Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin; Matthew Zucker, NY

 

For more than thirty-five years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7 World Trade Center, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her medium, whether formulated as a T-shirt, a plaque, or an LED sign, is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work. Starting in the 1970s with the New York City posters, and continuing through her recent light projections on landscape and architecture, her practice has rivaled ignorance and violence with humor, kindness, and courage. Holzer received the Leone d’Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award in 1996, and the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 2011. She holds honorary degrees from Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, The New School, and Smith College.

The Truisms series (over two hundred and fifty single sentence declarations) was written by Holzer to resemble existing truisms, maxims, and clichés. Dating from 1977–79, the series was influenced by the reading list provided by Ron Clark at the Whitney Independent Study Program, where Holzer studied. Each truism distills difficult and contentious ideas into a seemingly straightforward fact. Privileging no single viewpoint, the Truisms examine the social construction of beliefs, morals, and truths. The Truisms were first shown on anonymous street posters that were pasted throughout downtown Manhattan, and subsequently have appeared on T-shirts, hats, electronic signs, stone floors, and benches, as well as in light projections and digital animations.

In the Living series, 1980–82, Holzer presents a set of quiet observations, directions, and warnings. The texts are written in a matter-of-fact, journalistic style, suitable for descriptions of everyday life. The commentaries touch on how the individual and his or her body negotiates landscapes, persons, rules, expectations, desires, fears, other bodies, and one’s self. The Living texts first appeared on cast bronze plaques (as shown here), of the sort that often appear on historical buildings, to lend the writing authority. The writings also have been incorporated into hand painted signs and featured in LED artworks.

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Damage is done by the tacit understanding… (from the Living series, 1980-1982)

Going where you’re not supposed to... (from the Living series, 1980-1982) 1981, Text on cast bronze plaque

Going where you’re not supposed to… (from the Living series, 1980-1982) 1981, Text on cast bronze plaque

 

 

 

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