Roni Horn and the Doubling of Emily Dickinson

Þann 14. október kl. 12:00-13:00 flytur Eva Heisler fyrirlesturinn Roni Horn and the Doubling of Emily Dickinson í stofu 101 í Odda.

Summary

Roni Horn is a mid-career United States artist who is perhaps best known for installations of austere machined objects that test the viewer´s perception of absence and presence, identity and difference. Since 1992, she has produced four bodies of work shaped by her reading of the nineteenth-century poet Emily Dickinson. Dickinson´s poems are noted for their fragmentary and elliptical nature (“Tell the Truth but tell it slant” is one of Dickinson´s most frequently quoted phrases). The Transformation of Dickinsons´s ragged, obscure lines into the precision of the Horn object tests the limits of what visually and experientially counts as the Dickinson lyric. “Roni Horn and the Doubling of Emily Dickinson” will focus on the ways in which Horn´s three-dimensional doubling of Dickinson extends the artist´s ongoing preoccupation with identity and, in addition, contributes to the feminist reevaluation of the Dickinson myth and canon.

About Roni Horn

Born in 1955, Roni Horn is a mid-career artist who has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. Horn´s reputation as a sculptor is based on a body of work which has been engaged for over twenty years in an extension of issues associated with minimalist work of the 1960s, particularly those which pressure the viewer´s perception of material presence, place, and time. Horn´s geometrically – derived, machined objects are situated in such a way as to transfer focus from the object itself onto dynamics at play among three-dimensional form, viewer, and site. Since 1975, the New York based artist has made frequent (almost yearly) visits to Icleand. Since 1990, she has produced an ongoing series of artist books based on her travels in Iceland. The books, which include drawings, photographs, and writings, indicate a keen interest in the landscape and geology of this ountry. An exhibition of Horn´s work at the National Gallery of Iceland is tentatively scheduled for February 2000.