Thursday, January 7, 2010

Run run run to Roni Horn

If you haven't seen it, the Roni Horn exhibit at the Whitney is one of the best shows I've seen in the last 5 years anywhere.
Horn's work is about the viewer perception and identity. She uses double images, double sculptures installed in different rooms, and multiples to provoke different sensations of viewing.

H&W, Roni Horn, Untitled #4, 1998
© Hauser & Wirth Zürich London

There are pictures of clowns, spirals of text, blobs of glass, the backs of birds' heads (above), cut up so so interesting and rich! I almost can't write about it because my reaction was so visceral; I spent almost 2 hours being hypnotized by the weaving of themes and artwork.
Her work is a lot about text (and specifically Emily Dickinson poems, below), and it's also about visual images.

H&W, Roni Horn, White Dickinson Blossoms Have Their Leisures, 2006
© Hauser & Wirth Zürich London

It is such a powerful and thoughtful show, and it closes January 24. Everyone should rush out and see it!

(And frankly, the Whitney has turned into the ultimate lesbian date, with Roni Horn's work on the 2nd and 4th floors, and the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit on the 3rd!)

1 comment:

Beth Tondreau said...

I love that the show is called Roni Horn aka Roni Horn. So perfect for doubling and identity.