Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jenny Holzer

Visual artist Jenny Holzer's work focuses on bringing text-based visual art out of the museum and into the world where the viewer (like it or not) is forced to interact with it. In her early days, this took the form of wheat-pasted "truisms" such as "Protect Me From What I Want," plaques and collages. Her more recent work retains this idea of speaking to (or at) the viewer as a means of interception, but on a larger scale utilizing LED banners, projections on to buildings, and "ticker"-style banners to interpolate the viewer. The humor and wit of Holzer's words gives these spaces a new personality that removes their perceived passivity.

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