jenny holzer shows luminous artworks sculpted from divisive trump tweets at hauser & wirth

jenny holzer shows luminous artworks sculpted from divisive trump tweets at hauser & wirth

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opening this week at hauser & wirth west hollywood

 

On September 1st, American artist Jenny Holzer will unveil her latest exhibition at Hauser & Wirth’s West Hollywood gallery, a location which opened earlier this year in time for Frieze 2023. This much-anticipated event marks her first major solo show in Los Angeles since 2012 and a groundbreaking exploration into the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) within her LED and text-based artistry. Holzer’s unique ability to encapsulate four decades of the American experience, particularly its evolution into the Information Age and the rise of AI, has consistently propelled her to the forefront of contemporary art. With this new collection, she will again redefine the boundaries of art and language.

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installation view, ‘READY FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE Jenny Holzer,’ Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood
image by Collin LaFleche © 2023 Jenny Holzer, ARS

 

 

jenny holzer explores the world of AI

 

A highlight of the Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood exhibition will be a series of new works by Jenny Holzer. Among these, two vertical robotic LEDs will stand side by side, showcasing AI-generated texts. Representing a significant evolution in her long-standing investigation of language, both original and borrowed, the artist‘s engagement with AI delves into questions of authorship in the era of rapidly advancing technology. In ‘GOOD’ (2023), AI-generated descriptions of rapturous experiences will gracefully ascend along the LED in pastel hues. Conversely, ‘BAD’ (2023) will feature texts inspired by extremist political content, pulsating in shades of gray and red. Through these LED columns, Holzer captures the nuanced dialogue between human and artificial experiences, embracing both the harmonious and the chaotic.

jenny holzer shows luminous artworks sculpted from divisive trump tweets at hauser & wirth
installation view, ‘READY FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE Jenny Holzer,’ Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood
image by Collin LaFleche © 2023 Jenny Holzer, ARS

 

 

harnessing political division for art’s sake

 

Featured in the exhibition is ‘WTF’ (2022), a kinetic LED beam artwork that comprises tweets shared by Donald Trump during his single term as president, alongside posts by Q, the anonymous online poster who sparked the radical QAnon conspiracy movement. ‘WTF’ gracefully traverses a rail with an unpredictable rhythm, mirroring the erratic cadence of these messages’ initial online emergence. Its flashing and scrolling text cast a luminous glow on a collection of almost 300 ‘curse tablets’ strewn across the floor. Drawing inspiration from the curse tablets of ancient Greco-Roman times — inscribed with desires for retribution and hexes upon adversaries — Holzer’s modern tablets feature Trump’s tweets, resonating with the suspended LED display overhead.

jenny holzer shows luminous artworks sculpted from divisive trump tweets at hauser & wirth
installation view, ‘READY FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE Jenny Holzer,’ Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood
image by Collin LaFleche © 2023 Jenny Holzer, ARS

 

 

Crafted by impressing the tweets onto cast metal, then meticulously distressing and aging the pieces through folding, crumpling, piercing, and chemical treatments, these tablets stand as deformed or molten variations of the artist’s prior interpretations of public plaques. This deliberate disfigurement evokes notions of refuse, wreckage, and devastation. Together, these art pieces form ‘a capsule of the recent past while signaling the possible near future.’ They both document and mirror the exaggerated, furious rhetoric that defines today’s political and media climate.

jenny holzer shows luminous artworks sculpted from divisive trump tweets at hauser & wirth
installation view, ‘READY FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE Jenny Holzer,’ Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood
image by Collin LaFleche © 2023 Jenny Holzer, ARS

 

 

Adorning the gallery walls are Holzer’s latest additions from her ongoing series of Redaction Paintings. Rooted in her extensive research into declassified governmental documents, these artworks incorporate her meticulous process. She transfers excerpts from these sources onto linen manually, meticulously layering their contents and the redacted portions with oil paint and metal leaf. The compositions encompass references from FBI records concerning the Patriot Act, briefs from the Trump era, and a 2021 report from the US National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, which examines the rapid progression of AI technology.

jenny holzer shows luminous artworks sculpted from divisive trump tweets at hauser & wirth
installation view, ‘READY FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE Jenny Holzer,’ Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood
image by Collin LaFleche © 2023 Jenny Holzer, ARS

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installation view, ‘READY FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE Jenny Holzer,’ Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood

image by Collin LaFleche © 2023 Jenny Holzer, ARS

 

 

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Accelerated (Detail), 2023, 24k gold, moon gold and red gold leaf and oil on linen, 259.7 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm / 102 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in
Accelerated (Detail), 2023, 24k gold, moon gold and red gold leaf and oil on linen, 259.7 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm / 102 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in
Accelerated (Detail), 2023, 24k gold, moon gold and red gold leaf and oil on linen, 259.7 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm / 102 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in
Accelerated (Detail), 2023, 24k gold, moon gold and red gold leaf and oil on linen, 259.7 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm / 102 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in
Tackle Humanity’s Biggest Challenges (Detail), 2023, 24k gold, moon gold and red gold leaf and oil on linen, 259.7 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm / 102 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in
Tackle Humanity’s Biggest Challenges (Detail), 2023, 24k gold, moon gold and red gold leaf and oil on linen, 259.7 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm / 102 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in
Compellence (Detail), 2023, Red gold leaf and oil on linen, 203.2 x 157.5 x 3.8 cm / 80 x 62 x 1 1/2 in
Compellence (Detail), 2023, Red gold leaf and oil on linen, 203.2 x 157.5 x 3.8 cm / 80 x 62 x 1 1/2 in
Compellence (Detail), 2023, Red gold leaf and oil on linen, 203.2 x 157.5 x 3.8 cm / 80 x 62 x 1 1/2 in
Compellence (Detail), 2023, Red gold leaf and oil on linen, 203.2 x 157.5 x 3.8 cm / 80 x 62 x 1 1/2 in
Accelerated, 2023, 24k gold, moon gold and red gold leaf and oil on linen, 259.7 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm / 102 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in
Accelerated, 2023, 24k gold, moon gold and red gold leaf and oil on linen, 259.7 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm / 102 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in
Tackle Humanity’s Biggest Challenges, 2023, 24k gold, moon gold and red gold leaf and oil on linen, 259.7 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm / 102 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in
Tackle Humanity’s Biggest Challenges, 2023, 24k gold, moon gold and red gold leaf and oil on linen, 259.7 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm / 102 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in
Compellence, 2023, Red gold leaf and oil on linen, 203.2 x 157.5 x 3.8 cm / 80 x 62 x 1 1/2 in
Compellence, 2023, Red gold leaf and oil on linen, 203.2 x 157.5 x 3.8 cm / 80 x 62 x 1 1/2 in
READY FOR YOU, 2023, 24k gold and moon gold leaf and oil on linen, 203.2 x 157.5 x 3.8 cm / 80 x 62 x 1 1/2 in
READY FOR YOU, 2023, 24k gold and moon gold leaf and oil on linen, 203.2 x 157.5 x 3.8 cm / 80 x 62 x 1 1/2 in

project info:

 

exhibition title: Ready For When You Are

artist: Jenny Holzer @jennyholzerstudio

gallery: Hauser & Wirth@hauserwirth, @hauserwirthlosangeles

location: 8980 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California

on view: September 1st — October 21st, 2023

photography: © Collin LaFleche

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