153 Drawings’ delivers an extensively illustrated overview of Roni Horn’s drawing over three decades, showcasing the artist’s initial experimentations with pure pigment and varnish in the 1980s and extending to the later intricate, large-scale works made some thirty years later. In the book, Briony Fer writes that Horn’s ‘early drawings are intimate and private. Yet the mixture of sheer material presence with intense absorption in them in much more volatile than their small size should allow.’ Conversely, the later drawings featured in the book increase in scale and complexity—works, according the Fer, that ‘could be in the process of appearing or disappearing. The early emphasis on presence, in line with some of her sculptural concerns, has given way to pure contingency.’
Amy Wilkins (Matsumoto Incorporated, NY, ed.), Briony Fer, Tacita Dean
28.5 × 31.2 cm
Using drawing, photography, installation, sculpture and literature, Roni Horn’s work consistently questions and generates uncertainty to thwart closure, engaging with many different concerns and materials. Important across her oeuvre is her longstanding interest in the protean nature of identity, meaning, and perception, as well as the notion of doubling; issues which continue to propel Horn’s practice.