Inscribed in blue ink over pencil, below image: heinrich Schenker In pencil, l.l. inside plate mark: 1. zustand 2. druck In pencil, bottom center inside plate mark: No 2. r.h. 1925 London In pencil, bottom center: F. GOULDING. Netherwood R. Shepherds Bush Rd. Hammer?__.
LED display running time approximately 25 minutes with looping text of approximately 170 truisms in red text.
Holzer's Truisms were adapted from readings as part of her Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City in the late 1970s; her first series of Truisms took the form of posters that she plastered across lower Manhattan; later utilitzing billboards and t-shirts for her textual art, Holzer adopted her best-known medium, the LED (light emiting diode) display in 1982. This work runs on a continuous 25-minute loop with over 170 truisums that range from trite to humorous and ironic while engaging viewers in a participatory exchange between ideas and perceptions.
A nude woman sits at the edge of a pool in a garden with a fountain visible in the foreground. Two bearded men lean on a gate next to her. The closer figure extends his left hand toward the woman, while the other points toward a town visible in the distance.
The virtuous Jewess Susanna bathes in her garden, where she is accosted by two lecherous elders. One of the men leans over a fence toward Susanna as he propositions her, while his companion points to the town visible in the background, threatening to publicly accuse her of adultery should she reject their advances.
The ewer in this drawing is decorated with cavorting satyrs, lions, and grotesque masks.
The ewer in this drawing is embellished with a riot of satyrs in addition to lions and grotesque masks. Satyrs were followers of Bacchus, making them appropriate for a vessel made to serve wine. The extravagant decoration of the piece was a way for the artist to manifest his skill.