Images via Contemporary Art Daily | (courtesy of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock; Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Copyright Jenny Holzer. Photos by Edd Horder.)
Blenheim Art Foundation is delighted to announce SOFTER: Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace.
As one of America’s most loved living artists since the 1980s, Holzer’s practice circles around language in order to question systems of power and authority in society. Since 2010, Holzer’s work has been focused particularly on modern conflict. On her first visit to Blenheim Palace, she became fascinated by the palace’s own military history; not only as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, but also originally built as a reward to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for military triumphs in the 1704 Battle of Blenheim. Holzer uses this legacy as a starting point to look at the timeless and universal theme of conflict, across time and countries.
Using technology, stonework, light projections, a virtual reality mobile app developed by Holition, and her celebrated LED light installations, Holzer engages with the historical precedents that have cemented Blenheim Palace’s enduring legacy, and offers descriptions of life during wartime, recounting real experiences of soldiers and civilians.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock | November 28 – December 31, 2017