Los Angeles

Roni Horn

Gagosian | Beverly Hills

HER EYES ICY BLUE, WITH THE LOOK OF SOMEONE WHO HAS ACHIEVED BLINDNESS BY AN ACT OF WILL AND MEANS TO KEEP IT. This line, lifted from Flannery O’Connor’s short story “Good Country People,” becomes sculptural in a signature work of Roni Horn’s: Each letter is made in three dimensions, in white plastic, and embedded in a long aluminum bar. Fusing Donald Judd’s objecthood with Lawrence Weiner’s linguistic conception of sculpture—and pushing both into literary terrain—this work, titled Her Eyes (Achieving Blindness), was hung horizontally, high on a wall, and alone in one room of Horn’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in a decade. Produced in 1999, it predates the other pieces in the exhibition by five or more years, but it resonated with them strongly.

Upstairs were more of Horn’s embedded-text works; these, produced in 2007, borrow lines from Emily Dickinson. As in Her Eyes, the words

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