Jenny Holzer Inflammatory Essays. 1979-82. Interpreted by Crystal Fischetti
Jenny Holzer Inflammatory Essays. 1979-82.
Interpreted by Crystal Fischetti
Close up, far away you can read the text. The text, the text the text runs and becomes The Gesture. Mark types. Typed up on a computer and printed into colour. The combination of mural, painting and letters express Holzer’s personal/ interpersonal interpretation of language.
The differing light speeds of colour run up and down in the same way we read. We follow the rules for reading. Here.
Writing and the once free press was the first mode of delivering information to the masses. One is reminded of Martin Luther and his strong desire to question the establishment at the time: the church. The printers, the press, the immediate news was radical. No longer did he have to painstakingly write on parchment over and over again.
The immediacy of writing, stamping and printing, typing and sticking up words, upwards on church doors, on governments doors, in public arena for all to see, for those to read, for those who could not read but were able to interpret the motive. Holzer merges these notions.
We are a visual society. Our world is fast as is our information.
Taking a moment, stepping back at the piece and even without reading the words as we “scroll” with our eyes we understand that time is a commodity. Here. Type technology a granted luxury. Then and now. Our eyes used to seeing, see no more.
Currents of green, pink pink pink, pink, yellow, purple, orange dark, turquoise, white, peach pink, yellow lemon, green leaf, pink pink pink, pink, yellow, purple, orange dark, turquoise, white, peach pink, yellow, green run from the top edge of the wall reaching up from ceiling height to feet height. Down. A four pointed shape is created filling the wall’s negative space. Expanding before us, above us, below us.
Like a mural painted by a hand it is actively running and dripping down symbols, characters; a language from up to down. The sound of English letters, consonants and vowels play as we scan with our visuals from left to right. From left to write in the West and from right to left in the East. Ideology and its presence are played here.
” Don’t talk down to me.” In pink.
“It all has to burn, it’s going to blaze.” In purple.
“Food is repellent” in green.
ALL. IN. CAPITALS.
Each message, each warning, each fear and insecurity is felt in each colour, a world, an environment, an experience captured in one square.
Propaganda slogans, intimate journal writings are now read by a large audience that visit the Tate modern every day.
Jenny Holzer Inflammatory essays. 1979-82