Truisms and Inflammatory Essays by Jenny Holzer. American
This is a sampling of Holzer’s early work, where she printed out the above and plastered them all over NYC in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Unlike her current work, these were never intended to be museum pieces, but displayed in the public sphere. Also they were not produced to become permanent pieces of art.
This is really interesting. I think… I want my words to be less violent, at least on the surface. But this rawness is fascinating…
I think one of the things that appeals to me the most about watercolour is its aleatory nature. Text, even when written without thinking (as in stream-of-conciousness type writings, either on a topic or completely open, like I’ve been exploring) still has an element of control, though I do like the ability it has to surprise. However hand-traced fonts, though they retain a human mark, still feel very controlled. Watercolour is more natural, even when it is controlled with great skill (which I do not have yet but I kind of like the effect that has) and it’s those little gradients and water-marks and bleeds that I love. I think even with a huge amount of practice, even if I can “perfect” the skill, I wouldn’t want to lose those accidents, those “mistakes”.
Written by me:
Penguins with merino jumpers are, like, the hottest thing this season. Oil-slick chick or oil-slick chic? You can copy this look at home by instigating an ecological disaster that necessitates you being rescued with wooly handcrafts, just like these styley birds.
Here is a woman in her traditional Peruvian attire. Her culture has been appropriated many times by Abercrombie-and-Fitch-esque corporations selling the latest trend, because Aztec prints are totally the same culture, right? But it’s ok, her skirt is bitchin’.
When we get all the fish out of the ocean we’ll have way more room to play.
Does this look like a bug to you? You know, a creepy-crawly creature from deep in the earth, the dirt and grass and mud outside. No – not on the other side of the screen – out the window. Don’t google it, just look. See? Outside. In the garden. Where things grow. Does this look like a bug to you?
At 6.30 this morning I was woken by a man with a megaphone, across the fields, starting a protest against the demolition of state homes, or the removal of the residents or something like that. I don’t know. The sound was disconnected from the image and all I saw was an empty field and a few men in shiny orange coats.
This writing thing is hard. Think of something witty and/or relevant and/or interesting, what words do you use, does it make me look like an idiot? Maybe I should stop judging those Billboard Top 40 song-writers so harshly (actually no they’re still utter crap).
A new pre-requisite for Grammy nomination: music must be blatantly mediocre, allowing marketing to convince everyone they need to listen to it, to buy it. To actually win two grammys, you need to beat up your girlfriend and not even pretend to care. It proves you can sing.
I really like these two works - both very different but I think they work on a multitude of levels. The first text fits well with the abstract bruise colours, the colours referencing the aftermath of violence and the text suggesting the scenario of Chris Brown and Rihanna, something much referenced in recent western culture. The second, with the roughly painted idea of a “town” or city and the found text from a teen magazine adds a nice sense of play, humour etc. The colours work really well (that text is really really bright, something the photo doesn’t show so well).
I like the aesthetic of the staples, used to hold the clear plastic over the paper. They’re hard, metallic, at odds with the fluid paint. They feel final, solid. These are interesting contrasts to me.
Deciding ways to exhibit my work. I think a series of the most successful works would be the best way, similar to talk week only with more pieces, a display of drawings. I have to work out whether I really want a cohesive series, or if it’s work better to show a real variety. I guess it all depends on which works I deem “most successful” or most likely to develop into something really interesting.
Experimenting with text laid over found magazine images. I think the last one is the most successful in terms of readability and the irony of the message - to me, the placement of a text talking about the ocean over an “urban” image suggests the idea of urbanisation at the expense of the natural world. I’d like to keep exploring this over adverts (like in the first image) to see if I can contradict the ad’s intent.