Jenny Holzer – Writing & Difficulty

© Jenny Holzer

© Jenny Holzer

I will never stop to thinking about the work of Jenny Holzer. Whether she is using her own idiomatic texts, borrowing the words of international poets, or citing formerly classified materials containing policy debates, battle plans, Holzer works stand in between the public and private, the body politic and the body, the universal and the particular. Always timely, she provides a range of opinions, attitudes, and voices in works infused with formal beauty, sensitivity, and power.

© Jenny Holzer

© Jenny Holzer

I love how Jenny Holzer discusses her difficult relationship to writing during the installation of the exhibition Protect Protect, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Featured works included “Red Yellow Looming” (2004), “Lustmord” (2007), “Protect Protect deep purple” (2007), and “For Chicago” (2008), among others.

Jenny Holzer

Selected by Ingrid Melano


Don’t call it cool – David Mushegain

The concept store Colette, just presented in Paris the exhibition Don’t Call it Cool, by David Mushegain, with a series of portraits. At the same time Luck You Collective, from NY, brings to Colette some art workshops and musical events.

© David Mushegain

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In Situ by Julien Carretero

In situ is the new series of objects made by Julien Carretero, with recently excavated wood: in this way he wants to break public passivity and encourage passers-by to actively participate to the spectacle of daily life. In situ is also created to unleash feelings and people and it is part of the Matter of Time exhibition organized by the design collective Dutch Invertuals, under the curation of Wendy Plomp.

© Julien Carretero

After more than 600 years underground, the oak wood that was once used to protect the Eindhoven’s Medieval city wall, has been brought back to the public space in the form of instruments for revolution; the intervention aims to question and challenge the routine taking place in cityscapes.

Check my previous post about Julien Carretero

Wendy Plomp

Discarded Anonymous Portraits

Discarded Anonymous Portraits, is an archive of drawings with Graham Hudson as the subject matter. In 2009 the Laing Gallery, Newcastle, invited Graham Hudson to respond to Position Suspended (1986) by Mona Hatoum, where she was infamously denied permission to enact a performance while nude in the gallery. This work forced the Laing Gallery to enact policy and procedure, resulting in the use of a body stocking by Hatoum. Hudson made ten proposals to the Laing, all designed to force some sort of collaboration or compromise from the museum.

© Graham Hudson

One of the chosen proposals involved Hudson negotiating a nude performance himself inside the Laing – instigating a series of life drawing classes in which he acted as the model. Discarded Anonymous Portraits is the resulting archive of charcoal drawings of Hudson, who collected the drawings left behind by the performers/drawers over several sessions. From 6th July, his drawings will be exhibited at Seventeen Gallery, London, in the group exhibition Proxy Or, with the works of David Blandy and Riley Harmon.

6th July – 6th August 2011

Seventeen Gallery