Each volume contains texts written in response to the same selection of Horn's titles/phrases. The annotaters are sculptor Louise Bourgeois, writers Anne Carson and Hélène Cixous, and film director John Waters.
Roni Horn (*1955 in New York) has been working in diverse visual and material media since the beginning of her career in the late 1970s, creating drawings, photographs, texts, artist books, and sculptures. There are themes that Horn deals with repeatedly in many of her pieces. Primary among them are the questions concerning one's ability to transform and multiply one's identity and about the process of showing deviations between the nature of things and the use of artistic means to manifest them visually. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition includes prominent works of the artist from the past twenty-years, as well as new works, which will be shown for the first time at the Fondation Beyeler. In constantly new ways they appear before the viewer as a process of becoming that is again set in motion by the world, moving beyond any kind of fixed identity. Exhibition: Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel 2.10.2016-1.1.2017
A drawing in the Th Rose Prblm cuts together two drawings. Each with one of two phrases. Composing these two phrases in their various iterations: "Rose is a rose is a rose" or "a rose is a rose is a rose" with "come up smelling like roses" or "coming up smelling like a rose", etc. leads to all kinds of nonsense. But it also leads to another sense. I found a lot of humor here, some of it pretty dumb. Composing these phrases into all the possible outcomes became a metaphor for identity. There are 48 drawings and it's one work. Cumulatively the shades of meaning obtain a complexity and range that stand in for the mutable, changeable nature of identity. I also found that the more I did the more there was. Roni Horn
"Everyone has a story about the weather. This may be the single thing each of us holds in common. And though the weather varies greatly from here to there, it is, ultimately, one weather that we share. Small talk everywhere has occasioned the popular distribution of the weather. Some say talking about the weather is talking about oneself. And with each passing day, the weather increasingly becomes ours, if not us. Weather Reports You is one beginning of a collective self-portrait." Over the past two years Roni Horn has been working with a small team in the south west of Iceland gathering personal testimonies from people talking about the weather. These "weather reports" include descriptions, reflections, memories and stories based on experiences of the weather that range from the matter-of-fact to the marvelous. The different nuances and usages of language suggest that the weather is not just a matter of meteorological conditions but is, in Horn's words, "a metaphor for the physical, metaphysical, political, social and moral energy of a person and a place."