New York

Roni Horn

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Over the last two decades, a group of scientists have independently developed a theoretical mode for describing reality, popularly referred to as “chaos theory.” Its proponents have posited a dynamic system that incorporates the nuances and effects of particularization and randomness. These variables that work independently of computable operations were once believed to be inconsequential to science’s approximation of physical systems but are increasingly being recognized as integral to any accurate mathematical or philosophical portrayal of the world.

A similar theoretical approach underlies Roni Horn’s sculptural installations. In her work, the minutest details play a major role. This is evinced, first, in the artist’s rigorous attention to the properties and potential of her materials. It is evident in her Post Work IV, 1987, at the Germans Van Eck gallery, for which Horn chose the method

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