Roni Horn at Gagosian Gallery brings a touch of cool class to the heat of summer

18Jul08

By Laura Gatewood

RONI HORN White Dickinson (THE MOST TANGIBLE THING IS THE MOST ADHESIVE), 2006 Aluminum and solid cast white plastic 2 x 2 x 90-1/4 inches (5.1 x 5.1 x 229.2 cm)

RONI HORN White Dickinson (THE MOST TANGIBLE THING IS THE MOST ADHESIVE), 2006 Aluminum and solid cast white plastic 2 x 2 x 90-1/4 inches (5.1 x 5.1 x 229.2 cm)

In her first solo Los Angeles show in almost ten years, Horn produces work in a variety of media, including sculpture, photography and language. Though born in Brooklyn, it is Horn’s frequent solitary trips over the last thirty years to the remote landscapes of Iceland that have became the important influence in her life and work.  She concentrates on problems of material, form, and space, cultivating themes that examine the illusion of fixed identity.]

For this exhibition, Horn explores the challenge to defining identity across several genres. A new pair of large-scale glass sculptures, Opposite of White, v.2 (large) and Opposite of White, v.1 (large), are autonomous spatially but become indelibly joined via the act of experience and memory. Five sequences of photographs from 2005, Untitled (Isabelle Huppert), capture a plurality of moods, focusing on the paradox of fleeting expressions frozen in time. The astatic relationship between perceiving and remembering is further mined through a selection of Horn’s sculptures as mediums for literary references, citing Flannery O’Connor and Emily Dickinson. Though the three genres of work do not have any traditional relation to one another, each piece is an integral part of her artistic expression.  Only through the experience of the exhibition in its entirety does Horn’s unified perspective emerge.

The exhibition runs from July 24th to August 29th.

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