Jenny Holzer flings words instead of paint. Aphorisms, to be technically correct. An Aphorism is a poem without filler, a one-line zinger. Although she also posts longer statements, her travelling truisms tend to be of the aphorism variety. You can see her work any time between now and April at The Rooms. The exhibition presents a “special installation of her posters.”

For over thirty years, Ohio-born New Yorker Jenny Holzer has thrust her statements, sorrows, and political jabs onto public places, sometimes even etching them into park benches. Quite often, she goes the route of LED lighting. Her text series, truisms, now on display at The Rooms, first appeared in the late 1970s on posters pasted throughout the streets of New York. They were anonymous: she’d make broadsheets with black italic script on white paper, and wheat-paste them onto buildings, street poles, and fences. Holzer emerged in the late 70s, looking for a way to make narrative commentary a part of visual objects in public places. It worked. Her stuff has been shown all over the world, either in exhibits or on buildings, and now it’s here, ’til April.


(c) Jenny Holzer