Jenny Holzer, Enhanced Techniques


Jenny Holzer (American, b. 1950)

Template reservage technique, on 350 g/qm wove paper

Dimensions: 90.5 脳 70 cm (35 3/5 脳 27 3/5 in)

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鈥淚 want the meaning to be available but I also want it sometimes to disappear into fractured reflections… Because one鈥檚 focus comes and goes, one鈥檚 ability to understand what鈥檚 happening ebbs and flows. I like the representation of language to be the same鈥 – Jenny Holzer cited in: Kelly Shindler, 鈥楽potlight on protest: Jenny Holzer鈥, Art 21, 1 November 2007, online.

Jenny Holzer聽is a political artist and activist, best known for her text-based public art projects. In her practice Holzer explores how language is used as both a form of communication and a means of concealment. She has a long-held interest in the power and language of advertising, which has resulted in the main focus of her work being the delivery of ideas via words in public places. These projects, which she installs on billboards and buildings, are easily mistaken for advertising, and are aimed at agitating and disturbing. With phrases such as 鈥減rotect me from what I want鈥 and 鈥渁buse of power comes as no surprise鈥, Jenny Holzer聽聽ponders issues of consumerism, death, decay, and abuse. In doing so, both the message and the medium are significant. On why she uses language as her main form of communicating her message Holzer said: 鈥淚 used language because I wanted to offer content that people 鈥 not necessarily art 鈥 people could understand.鈥 Jenny Holzer聽聽is also known for her printmaking practice, in which she also encourages audiences to think critically about the power of language, that which is spoken, and that which remains unspoken.

American, b. 1950, Gallipolis, Ohio, based in New York.

Jenny Holzer, Enhanced Techniques

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