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Amber Essays-text: Selections from Inflammatory Essays 1979-82

Amber Essays-text: Selections from Inflammatory Essays 1979-82

Jenny Holzer Amber Essays-text: Selections from Inflammatory Essays 1979-82 2003 Electronic LED signs with color diodes and anodized aluminum housing, text selections from Inflammatory Essays 1979-82

16 1/2 x 2 x 1/2 inches or 2 x 16 1/2 x 1/2 inches
Edition of 20
Signed on label on reverse
(Inventory #19861)

Influenced by Holzer’s readings of political, art, religious, utopian, and other manifestos, the “Inflammatory Essays” are a collection of 100-word texts. Like any manifesto, the voice in each essay urges and espouses a strong and particular ideology. By masking the author of the essays, Holzer allows the viewer to assess ideologies divorced from the personalities that propel them. With this series, Holzer invites the reader to consider the urgent necessity of social change, the possibility for manipulation of the public, and the conditions that attend revolution. In the present form, the texts scroll along an LED screen. The speed, legibility and amount of digital “noise” varies from text to text. Furthermore, the LED can be hung either horizontally or vertically.

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