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.
Signed, in plate, l.r.: HOMER Inscribed in plate [not in Homer's hand], above top edge, u.l.: G.W.H. Ritchie Imp.; below bottom edge center: Copyright 1888 by C. Klackner, 17 East 17th St., New York. Remarque, l.l.: an anchor
44.45 cm x 25.4 cm x 11.43 cm (17 1/2 in. x 10 in. x 4 1/2 in.)
A glass sculpture of a figure. The background is rectangular in shape and there is a man standing in front holding a sign. The pieces of metal are imbedded in the glass and have colors of blues, reds, blacks, purples and pinks.
Aluminum shaft with block letters cast in black plastic.
One of a series of sculptures in which Horn transforms language into a physical form. Seen from one angle, the text forms an abstract pattern, while from another it emerges as a poetic phrase: the first line of Emily Dickinson’s poem number 1182.
ON RECTO. Signed in paint, lower right corner: 'BY THE LIGHT / OF THE MOON' PJ91 + ON VERSO. Inscribed on frame backing in black marker: _ PJ1991 + Affixed on back, top left: Eldred Wheeler business card