On Thursday, August 31, 2023, celebrate Jenny Holzer at Hauser Wirth West Hollywood. The opening art party for Ready For You When You Are runs from 6-8pm. The artist creates thought-provoking and politically charged works using various mediums, including painting, sculpture, light projection, and installation.

Holzer is one of the most influential artists of our time. Since the 1970s, Jenny Holzer has deployed language as her medium, mobilizing poetic, political and personal texts. Her work speaks to our experiences of power, violence, joy, despair and idealism.

Jenny Holzer Hauser Wirth West Hollywood

Her first exhibition in Los Angeles since 2012, its also the first time Holzer has employed artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in her text-based practice. For this exhibition, Holzer has created two robotic vertical LEDs installed side by side, each displaying AI-generated texts. The artist’s experiments with AI pose new questions of authorship prompted by the re/ degenerate nature of new technology. In the LED titled ‘GOOD’ (2023), an AI tool was instructed to describe rapturous experiences. This includes both human and nonhuman, physical and immaterial. Its responses were poetic descriptions of emotional sensations and natural phenomena. Additional reactions came as nonhuman experiences and entities such as machine sounds and extraterrestrials.

Jenny Holzer Hauser Wirth West Hollywood

Installation view, READY FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE, Jenny Holzer, at Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood, 2023; © 2023 Jenny Holzer, ARS. Photo: Collin LaFleche

About the Artist

Born in 1950 in Ohio, USA, Jenny Holzer received a BFA in painting and printmaking at Ohio University, an MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 and participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. Much of Holzer’s education was in the liberal arts at Duke University and the University of Chicago, a broad intellectual foundation that underpins her multidirectional artistic practice. While her early efforts centered on painting, she quickly turned to text and dynamically incorporated new technologies to thread her work through public space: Holzer’s oeuvre is just as accessible in museums and galleries as on storefronts, billboards and T-shirts, and in New York’s Times Square.

On View: August 31, 2023 –  October 21, 2023

What: Ready For You When You Are, Jenny Holzer
Where: Hauser & Wirth, West Hollywood, 8980 Santa Monica Blvd., 90069
Where: Running through October 21, 2023
Website: https://www.hauserwirth.com

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