“There’s a reason I’m anonymous in my work. I like to be absolutely out of view and out of earshot.” —Jenny Holzer

…but that won’t stop us from celebrating the artist’s birthday. Happy birthday today to Jenny Holzer!

Seen here are works from the exhibition, Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT, installed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago in 2008 and featured in an episode from the ART21 Exclusive series. The featured works include Red Yellow Looming (2004) and For Chicago (2008), among others.

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IMAGES: Installation views of Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2008. Production stills from the ART21 Exclusive episode, Jenny Holzer: Writing & Difficulty. Artwork © Jenny Holzer, member Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.


A Love Letter to New York City

Today we wish a happy birthday to Jenny Holzer, the acclaimed conceptual artist whose “For 7 World Trade” shines from the lobby of SOM’s 7 World Trade Center. Holzer has described this artwork as having a figurative sparkle, as well. “After much stewing, I came up with the idea of doing text…about the joy of being in New York City,” she told the nonprofit organization Art 21. LED-illuminated poetry excerpts by Elizabeth Bishop, Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, and others move across the lobby, transforming its 14-foot wall into a love letter to the Big Apple.


Guillaume Lachapelle’s Mirrored Dioramas Create the Illusion of Infinite Space

Canadian artist Guillaume Lachapelle explores the infinite in this series of mysterious 3D printed dioramas titled Visions. Sitting atop pedestals in a darkened gallery, the eerie “rooms” rely on lights and mirrors to create the illusion of vast spaces that seem to reflect into much larger open spaces. These pieces were on view last year as part of a solo show at Art Mur in Québec, and you can see more of them up close over on Artsy.


Layered Landscapes by Nobuhiro Nakanishi

All of Nobuhiro Nakanishi‘s (born in Fukuoka, Japan 1976) work is about observing and understanding an object and giving it a new abstract, material body.

The theme of my work is “the physical that permeates into the art piece.”  In a foggy landscape, we no longer see what we are usually able to see – the distance to the traffic light, the silhouette of the trees, the slope of the ground. Silhouettes, distance and horizontal sense all become vague. When we perceive this vagueness, the water inside the retina and skin dissolve outwardly toward the infinite space of the body surface. The landscape continues to flow, withholding us from grasping anything solid. By capturing spatial change and the infinite flow of time, I strive to produce art that creates movement between the artwork itself and the viewer’s experience of the artwork.

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posted by Margaret