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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Roni Horn

b. 1955, USA

Roni Horn is a visual artist and writer who left high school at only 16, going on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design and later Yale University, where she received her MFA. She spent several years after graduation teaching at Colgate University before returning to New York to live and work.

Horn’s opus encompasses a vast array of mediums: sculpture, photography, site-specific installations, language-based paintings and drawing. She has described drawing as the key to her entire practice—despite the fact that her drawings are rarely exhibited—because she sees her work as being all about composing relationships between herself and her subject matter, as much as about the formal and conceptual elements. It is a true reflection of the exploration of mutability. Language, landscapes, gender, identity, natural phenomena and the relationships between them are all themes she studies. 

Most significant of all Horn’s influences has been her relationship with Iceland. She first travelled there after completing her BFA and continues to visit frequently. She has spent much of her career focused on capturing the vast and impressive geological landscapes and activity considerably removed from the effects of globalisation and consumer growth. Since 1990, she has worked consistently on her series ‘To Place’: a set of books that directly explore Iceland and her relationship with it. Iceland acts as muse, subject and medium. 

In To Place: Verne’s Journey (1997), photographs of Iceland’s land and seascapes transform the subject matter into a medium by focusing on the geological features: their shape, formation and dynamism. The photograph is merely capturing a moment in time, and nature is the creator. Similarly, with ‘You Are The Weather’ (1994–5), her 100 photographs of the same young woman’s face emphasise the importance of appreciating the change and variety that occurs over time. She stresses the idea that no single experience with a place—or person, or feeling—is identical to any other. Subtle shifts, changes and differences between people and landscapes, minute to minute, mean that each viewer has a unique interaction with it—a reflection of the mutability of all kinds of relationships. 

The idea of mutability relates also to Horn’s sense of identity, her androgyny, the manner in which her works are created and the effects of working on her art in isolation. It is reflected in the changes that occur in the geological features of Iceland, existing as they do in relative seclusion. This can be seen in Horn’s practice and the personal searches of her texts. 

Horn's 2006 sculpture White Dickinson (TO SHUT OUR EYES IS TRAVEL) (2006) borrows a quote from Emily Dickinson, with whom Horn feels an affinity. Her ‘Remembered Words’ series brings together words and watercolour dots, creating a very personal map of language, associations and meaning—some straightforward, some absurd—brought together to make something beautiful. These works exemplify Horn’s deep-seated interest in exploring and understanding one’s identity and how it is shaped, in isolation and with influences.

Amy Millar | Ocula | 2017
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Featured Artworks

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Hollowed Mass IV (bowl of mass) by Roni Horn contemporary artwork Roni HornHollowed Mass IV (bowl of mass) solid cast lead
20 x 68 x 25 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Must 49 by Roni Horn contemporary artwork Roni HornMust 49, 1985 Pigment and varnish on paper
22.9 x 36.8 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Pair Object Vis: For Two Locations in One Place by Roni Horn contemporary artwork Roni HornPair Object Vis: For Two Locations in One Place, 1988/2007 Solid forged and machined OFHC Copper
Hauser & Wirth
Double Mobius, v. 2 by Roni Horn contemporary artwork Roni HornDouble Mobius, v. 2, 2009/2018 Gold foil: '4 Nine' pure (with 2 plastic pegs)
6.4 x 76.2 x 5 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Hack Wit—clam world by Roni Horn contemporary artwork Roni HornHack Wit—clam world, 2014 Watercolour, pen and ink, gum arabic on watercolour paper, cellophane tape
55.9 x 38.7 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Frick and Fracks by Roni Horn contemporary artwork Roni HornFrick and Fracks, 2017–2018 Gouache, and/or watercolour on paper
Hauser & Wirth

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Roni Horn, Roni Horn at Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
27 November 2018–2 March 2019 Roni Horn Roni Horn Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Tables, Carpets & Dead Flowers at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
17 November–21 December 2018 Group Exhibition Tables, Carpets & Dead Flowers Hauser & Wirth, Zürich
Contemporary art exhibition, Roni Horn, Wits’ End Sampler | Recent Drawings at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
10 June–1 September 2018 Roni Horn Wits’ End Sampler | Recent Drawings Hauser & Wirth, Zürich

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The beasts within: Artists tap into their wild sides for a roaring show Related Press The beasts within: Artists tap into their wild sides for a roaring show Wallpaper* : 26 November 2016

Rarely before have we seen such a long and varied list of contributors, as we do in Marian Goodman Gallery's group show Animality. The 'cast of creatures' ranges from dogs, camels, fish to octopi, and charts a history from George Orwell to Gabriel Orozco by way of Marcel Broodthaers. Curator Jens Hoffmann, never one to turn down a...

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Roni Horn: Mutability and geology Related Press Roni Horn: Mutability and geology Aesthetica : 18 November 2016

In Iceland, you can see the contours of the mountains wherever you go, and the swell of the hills, and always beyond that, the horizon. And there’s this strange thing: you’re never sort of hidden; you always feel exposed in that landscape. But it makes it very beautiful as well. Roni Horn (b. 1955) has visited Iceland regularly since...

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Adrian Searle encounters: Roni Horn's mysterious drawings that just won't leave you alone Related Press Adrian Searle encounters: Roni Horn's mysterious drawings that just won't leave you alone The Guardian : 5 June 2015

Cakewalk. Quonset hut. Written on the Wind. Eyefuck. Words and more words fill Roni Horn's drawings in Butterfly Doubt, the largest exhibition of the American sculptor's drawings I have seen. Drawing precedes writing. For Horn the two are inextricable. There is no end to the words: movie titles, names, dirty words, nouns, conjunctions and slang....

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Paving The Way For Artists Related Press Paving The Way For Artists Lee Woo-young for the Korea Herald / 5 December 2014 : 10 December 2014

On display in the private office of Lee Hyun-sook on the top floor of her gallery in Seoul are items from some of the most significant contemporary exhibitions in Korea over the last couple of years.The small space overlooking Gyeongbokgung Palace is ultramodern, with a sculpture by Anish Kapoor, a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat and a glass...

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