Jenny Holzer is the woman behind the words, or the so-called “truisms”, arguments, and sorrows that appeared in public places and international exhibitions from the 1970s in New York. Starting with the New York City posters, and up to her recent light projections on landscape and architecture, Jenny used her art to rival ignorance and violence with humor, kindness, and moral courage.
When entering the world of Jenny Holzer, we are asked questions about consumerism, torture, death and disease. The language is designed to provoke and disturb. The public art texts have appeared on LED screens, billboards, movie marquees, automobiles, condoms, in news magazines and on websites, as well as being projected into facades, walls, water and mountainsides.
Holzer says that the reason for her use of words as her medium is because, “I wanted to offer content that people – not necessarily art people – could understand”. Besides her “truisms”, Holzer has also written seven books and had a dance project called “Holzer Duet…Truisms”.