Thursday, January 27, 2011
Jenny Holzer, LED Installation, Art 21 Exclusive Clip
Jenny Holzer went to school at Ohio University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and participated in an Independent Study program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as obtained a fellowship in Berlin. She works with words and ideas in text in public spaces--i.e. Street posters, signs, video, sound, light projections, stickers, even condoms. She wrote text for herself until 2001 then she drew on other people’s texts because they could say what she wanted to in a better way and she could focus on the visual representation. Her Installation process includes but is not limited to pausing, flashing, text.
She was a typesetter so her work needs to be correct, complete, pretty and fitted. She says that her presentation needs to engage and makes sense with the content. Holzer works with texts from Henri Cole, Wislawa Szymborska and Mahmoud Darwish. She also uses texts like US army documents from Iraq—she likes to make the secret, public
Themes in Holzer's work: violence, oppression, sexuality, feminism, power, war, torture, disease, lamentations and death.
Holzer was the first woman to represent the US in the Venice Biennale in 1990.