There is something unnerving about Jenny Holzer’s relentlessly public work. You can’t escape it or deny it, because, well, there it is. In the subway, the airport, or Times Square. Some of her “truisms” are sort of weird and cryptic, sure. But my favorite ones are hard-hitting and leave the viewer with little to “decipher.” Just a breif phrase to read and let it seep through the conduits of your mind as you head to work, sit at your desk, and fall asleep at night.
This first one totally haunts me:
For the record, it DID me take a while to be able to step on inert bodies and carry on like it’s no big deal, actually. But now I’m totally great at it.
Holzer is still based in NY and still art-ing bold statements in public spaces, on objects, and for museums. She mainly works with projections these days. Fun fact: In the late ’80s, Holzer mass-produced these incredible condoms with truisms like, “Expiring For Love is Beautiful But Stupid” and “Men Don’t Protect You Anymore” that I wish I had. I’d obviously display ’em in my apartment.