Jenny Holzer, For SAAM, 2007. It’s made of LEDs, and the way the words are arranged changes daily— sometimes it’s big, sometimes small, it can spiral or go around in circles, and changes in many other ways. The words are Holzer’s iconic truisms: one sentence today read: “Deviants are sacrificed to increase group solidarity.” While it seems ubiquitous today, Jenny Holzer’s text art was part of a revolution that changed the presentation and placement of art.
Here’s a cool compendium of Holzer’s truisms.
Jenny Holzer (1950- ), American installation artist. Clockwise from top left:
You Are My Own, 1996. Projection. Unable to determine location of installation at the present time, but when I know, you’ll know!
Untitled (Selections from Truisms, Inflammatory Essays, The Living Series, The Survival Series, Under a Rock, Laments, and Child Text), 1989. L.E.D. electronic-display signboard. Installation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Protect Me From What I Want, from the Mixed Messages series, 1987, Showplace Square, San Francisco.
Projections, selections from the poems of Wisława Szymborska, 2008, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
I Cannot Stand It, from the PROTECT PROTECT exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 2009.