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An evocative chronicle of the power of solitude in the natural world I'm often asked, but have no idea why I chose Iceland, why I first started going, why I still go. In truth I believe Iceland chose me.-from the introduction Contemporary artist Roni Horn first visited Iceland in 1975 at the age of nineteen, and since then, the island's treeless expanse has had an enduring hold on Horn's creative work. Through a series of remarkable and poetic reflections, vignettes, episodes, and illustrated essays, Island Zombie distills the artist's lifelong experience of Iceland's natural environment. Together, these pieces offer an unforgettable exploration of the indefinable and inescapable force of remote, elemental places, and provide a sustained look at how an island and its atmosphere can take possession of the innermost self. Island Zombie is a meditation on being present. It vividly conveys Horn's experiences, from the deeply profound to the joyful and absurd. Through powerful evocations of the changing weather and other natural phenomena-the violence of the wind, the often aggressive birds, the imposing influence of glaciers, and the ubiquitous presence of water in all its variety-we come to understand the author's abiding need for Iceland, a place uniquely essential to Horn's creative and spiritual life. The dramatic surroundings provoke examinations of self-sufficiency and isolation, and these ruminations summon a range of cultural companions, including El Greco, Emily Dickinson, Judy Garland, Wallace Stevens, Edgar Allan Poe, William Morris, and Rachel Carson. While brilliantly portraying nature's sublime energy, Horn also confronts issues of consumption, destruction, and loss, as the industrial and man-made encroach on Icelandic wilderness. Filled with musings on a secluded region that perpetually encourages a sense of discovery, Island Zombie illuminates a wild and beautiful Iceland that remains essential and new.
Hack Wit is a playful and complex body of work developed between 2013 and 2015, using cliches or proverbs and watercolor. For each work, the artist made two watercolors of a different proverb, cut them apart and then combined them into one. The Canadian poet Anne Carson wrote the text Hack Gloss in response to the "Hack Wit" drawings.
American artist Roni Horn (b.1955) is revered around the globe for the understated force of her beautifully composed works of art. She has concentrated on a small, highly personal selection of subjects. For instance, the tradition of Minimalist sculpture and our response to it is transferred with great sensitivity into her artwork. Asphere III, for example, looks like a solid copper sphere: in fact it is slightly distorted and thus asymmetrical. Horn frustrates our notions of contemporary sculpture, sharpening our awareness of experiencing the work and offering a heightened sense of environment and presence in the world. Horn's care for detail and poetic subtlety have made her one of the world's most respected artists. Her use of poetry - such as William Blake's Tyger, Tyger or works by Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens - contradict the mass-produced look of the sculptures. One work, You Are the Weather (1994-5) involves numerous photographs of a young woman in the hot springs of Iceland. In this series of many nearly identical portraits with slight, barely perceptible differences in natural lighting, Horn mimics the serialization of Minimalist art for highly personal, even erotic imagery. Independent curator and editor Louise Neri examines in her Survey the intricate themes and structures of Horn's complex body of work, which never the less retains its simplicity and directness. New-York-based curator Lynne Cooke discusses with the artist the recurring conceptual concerns across different media. Belgian art theorist Theirry de Duve focusses on the enigma of identity in the photographic installation You Are the Weather (1994-5), a series of 100 nearly identically composed portraits of a young woman bathing in Iceland, which reveal varying locations, emotions and atmospheric conditions to the attentive viewer. The artist has selected a short extract from the story 'The Apple in the Dark' (1967) by the Jewish Ukranian-born Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector (1920-77). For Lispector, as for Horn, intense attention to objects and places is combined with a careful study of the role of language in perception. This volume contains the most comprehensive collection yet published of Roni Horn's eloquent writing on her own work and its influences.
Inspired by the philosopher and writer Helene Cixous, which whom the photographer and artist Roni Horn has collaborated before, Index Cixous questions the nature of language in its most fundamental sense and proposes a version--one without words, but which can be read as any other. Both Horn and Cixous are concerned with communication wrought out of material space. Cixous writes about women's language arising from the female body, and she argues for a new language, one not in thrall to patriarchy but that acknowledges the life-giving force and history of the feminine.
A new book by Roni Horn, Her ubrei at Home is a collection of photographs of the landscape of home in Iceland. Her ubrei , Iceland's much-loved mountain, and Stefan V. Jonsson, who painted the mountain throughout his life, are at the center of this work. His paintings of Her ubrei have found their way into the homes of Icelanders around the country making it the cultural and geologic leitmotiv and mascot of the island. Roni Horn was born in New York where she continues to live and work. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Fundacao Serralves, Porto; Fotomuseum Winterthur and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Her recent publications, Dictionary of Water, This is Me, This is You, Cabinet of, If on a Winter's Night..., Her, Her, Her, & Her, Wonderwater (Alice Offshore), Index Cixous (Cix Pax), Doubt Box (Book IX of To Place) have all been published by Steidl.
This is a superb collection of images by renowned artist Roni Horn, chosen and edited by the artist herself especially for this volume. Born in New York in 1955, the grand-daughter of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Roni Horn began in the 1960s to explore the changing nature of art through sculpture, drawing, photography, books and installations. Immersed in the minimalist tradition, her artistic trajectory has evolved through her focus on memory and identity, and she has employed wide variety of materials in her work, including glass, plastic and gold. She has created sculptures and photographs of great beauty and sensuality. Although a resident of New York, Horn considers Iceland to be her second home, and the ever-changing landscape of that country is a recurring theme in her work. Here, she has captured Iceland's natural environment through a series of photographs taken in May 2012, and brought together under the meaningful title Mother, Wonder.
"What do you know about water? Only that it's everywhere
differently." Roni Horn In 2000 Roni Horn published Another Water,
an examination of the water of the River Thames through extensively
footnoted photographs. This new edition of Another Water includes a
new edit of the photographic aspect of the work. Water is a central
theme for Horn: as a component of weather, a defining feature of
her beloved Iceland, and as a beautiful, changeable element on
which life depends. Another Water is an ode to the substance of
water but also to its impact on identity and imagination: in Horn's
words, "You can't talk about water without talking about oneself."
This accompanying catalogue to largest exhibition of Matthew Barney's extraordinary drawings to date explores this central aspect of the artist's important body of work. Drawing has always been an incredibly important part of Matthew Barney's practice: his first major work--completed while still at Yale Art School--involved him creating a wall drawing while harnessed to the ceiling of his studio. In this exhibition and accompanying catalogue, one hundred of the artist's most important drawings are presented from his major series of works--including "The Cremaster Cycle," "The Drawing Restraint" series, and most notably "Ancient Evenings," the body of work that has occupied the artist in the last few years (and is based on Norman Mailer's ancient Egyptian-inspired novel of the same name). This exhibition and catalogue also represent a unique collaboration between the artist and the august Morgan Library, in which he was invited by the institution to mine their extensive holdings in order to include objects (drawings, manuscripts, etc.) in the installation of his work, to create an interesting framework around the many ideas the artist is exploring. In addition to a major essay by curator Klaus Kertess, who considers the many themes the artist draws from, the book includes a poetic contribution by artist Roni Horn and an insightful text by Adam Phillips, noted psychoanalyst.
This is a special edition of 100 books of the tenth volume of Roni Horn's "To Place" series. Each book is presented in a blue clothbound embossed slipcase and comes with a signed and numbered original colour c-print. Roni Horn's series is about the connections between identity and location. This volume is related to Haraldsdottir, which was published in 1996. Using water as a context, the photographs of a woman create an intimate but ambiguous portrait where the face becomes the place. Haraldsdottir, Part Two contains one hundred photographs of the same subject taken fifteen years after the publication of Haraldsdottir."
Roni Horn's "To Place" series is about the connections between
identity and location. Haraldsdottir, Part Two, is the tenth volume
in this series. It is related to Haraldsdottir, which was published
in 1996. Using water as context, photographs of a woman create an
intimate but ambiguous portrait where the face becomes the place.
Haraldsdottir, Part Two contains one hundred photographs of the
same subject taken fifteen years later.
This is the latest edition of the internationally renowned contemporary arts magazine. Guest-edited by Roni Horn (a prominent American visual artist and writer) and Vicente Todoli (a former director of Tate Modern), the latest issue of Matador magazine is themed around Iceland. It includes poems by Emily Dickinson, volcano-related art by Dieter Roth and Dr. Atl, photographs by Roni Horn and a transcription of Glenn Gould's radio-documentary The Idea of North. Also included is a free CD of music by Icelandic singer/songwriter and indie musician Olof Arnalds.
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