Roni Horn

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Surrounded by and submerged within a rich white background, [this series] is the portrait of a clown’s psychology. The powdered face of [a] genderless clown, with its gaping red mouth and bulbous nose, contorts for our amusement or disquiet like a child in front of a mirror or a stage performer warming up… Each photograph captures the clown’s countenance with long exposures turning a distinct subject into a blurry composite of expressions. Like a Bruce Nauman video, there is a kind of jest, a playful sense of the absurd in these photographs, behind which lurks a darker and more disturbing concern for the authenticity of character.

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#2 ‘You are the Weather’

Hauser & Wirth is delighted to present Roni Horn’s first London exhibition since her major survey ‘Roni Horn aka Roni Horn’ at Tate Modern in 2009. The exhibition features important new sculpture, photography and works on paper. Through these media, Horn cultivates a complex relationship between identity, location and the viewer’s perception

Horn has made a new sculpture for the north gallery. Consisting of a group of ten ethereal yet weighty pieces, this work is the first of Horn’s multi-part sculptures to be shown in the UK.

In the south gallery, Horn has created part two of a key work in her oeuvre: ‘You are the Weather’ (1994 – 1996). The new work, ‘You are the Weather, Part 2’, follows the same form as ‘You are the Weather’ and features the same model, 15 years later. The work consists of 100 photographs of a woman, situated in the hot springs and pools in Iceland. In each image, the woman’s facial expressions change with the changes in the weather conditions around her. As described by Horn in regards to ‘You are the Weather’, ‘The way this work is shot and installed, the viewer is voyeurised by the view. You are surrounded by a woman who is staring at you’.

In connection with ‘You are the Weather, Part 2’, Horn will publish ‘Haraldsdóttir, Part Two’. This publication is the 10th volume of ‘To Place’ – an ongoing series of artist’s books. It is related to ‘Haraldsdóttir’, which was first published in 1996, and presents in the work all the photographs from ‘You Are the Weather, Part 2’.

Also in the south gallery, Horn has made new large-scale pigment drawings. In each drawing, Horn begins with two or more drawings of similar forms, or ‘plates’. She then cuts them apart and reassembles them repeatedly. Small markings – words and numbers – track the work’s progression built up with the recomposing of the image.
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