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Jenny Holzer: Archive



Jenny Holzer: Archive
UNITED STATES
NEW YORK  •  Cheim & Read  •  Ongoing
 
 

The exhibition at Cheim & Read consists of Holzer's 2005 and 2006 series of oil on linen paintings and a single, large-scale LED (light emitting diode) display. The works feature declassified and other sensitive United States government documents. A color catalogue with an essay by Robert Storr accompanies the exhibition. Yvon Lambert New York presents pigment prints featuring projections of Holzer’s own signature texts, the poems of others, archival documents, and declassified and other sensitive United States government material.

In her newest work, Holzer negotiates the political landscape after 9/11 and traces the debate over covert operations, ghost detainees, prisoner abuse, and war tragedies in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay through the directives, emails, and testimonies of policy makers, soldiers, and prisoners. The documents, many of which were classified at the time they were written, originated in United States government and military agencies and have been made part of the public record through the landmark Freedom of Information Act. As with many of her previous works, Holzer's relay of information and presentation of a range of voices presume no particular ideology. Her paintings lend tactility to documents often unseen and offer visibility to hidden pasts and a masked present.

Holzer first conceived of using government documents as a medium in 2003. When asked by Wired Magazine how she would redo Google's interface, Holzer commented, "I'd provide a secret, a surprise, every time someone visits Google.



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