Jenny Holzer

http://www.pbs.org/art21/slideshow/popup.php?slide=1475#

http://www.pbs.org/art21/slideshow/popup.php?slide=1475#

Jenny Holzer’s medium is writing. Wheather it is street posters, LED, projections or everyday objects like T-shirts or cups.
The artist’s writings are truisms, sayings, various statements appearing as poetry-like phrases. But Holzer clearly distinguishes her art from poetry or literature in general because ‘it has to do with the demands of the medium on which I place it.’ By applying media that is commonly used in advertising she found a way to communicate explicit statements about society in a minimalistic manner and to question how those media affect information.
With Xenon light she is also able to create large environmental projections on buildings or landscapes.
Until New Year 2009 the Guggenheim in New York as well features Jenny Holzer’s work on the outstanding facade of the museum.
www.guggenheim.org/new-york/exhibitions/on-view-now/for-the-guggenheim
An example of her usage of online media is ‘please change believes’ where you can edit and contribute truisms. adaweb.walkerart.org/project/holzer/cgi/pcb.cgi

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