Art & Design
Jenny Holzer's Choice Words
Artist Jenny Holzer’s foreboding prose came to international attention in 1989 when she twisted her words around the Guggenheim museum’s rotunda in an epic LED installation. Almost 30 years later, lyrical snippets like “Abuse of power comes as no surprise” feel just as urgent. In 2004, the New York artist shifted her focus from writing to appropriating declassified government documents—as a way to bring the unsung atrocities of the Iraq war to the forefront of the American consciousness. Monumentalized in her signature mediums—LED signage, paint, and masonry—these found texts take on a haunting new life. This summer, Holzer’s new and old work come together at Hauser & Wirth’s Somerset compound in one ambitious retrospective. Here, the artist sheds some light onto her process.
Jenny Holzer’s Softer Targets is on view through November 1st at Hauser & Wirth Somerset.