In a solo show that opened on Tuesday and runs through April 12, Hauser & Wirth Colnaghi in London presents the culmination of the artist’s long-running photographic series of taxidermied Icelandic wildfowl. Photographed at close range against white backgrounds, the birds are viewed from behind, their unique physiognomies and markings resulting in inscrutable shapes and patterns on the photographs‚Äô surfaces. Horn‚Äôs photographs, like the stuffed birds represented, are quizzical. These are terse, slippery images in which clear-sighted, accurate detail only serves to underline the limited knowledge offered up by appearances.
Despite the singular form of the title, the birds in this series are all presented in pairs; images that are hung side by side one another highlighting the differences and similarities between the two. The gesture of doubling ‚Äì as an aesthetic and conceptual strategy ‚Äì has been a recurrent motif for Horn since 1980, a tool that invites careful scrutiny from the viewer, altering the dynamic of the work. She has noted that “with two objects that are one object you have an integral use of the world. You have the necessary inclusion of circumstance.”
Alongside the bird photographs Horn is showing a new sculptural work entitled Blue by Blue, which consists of two almost identical objects made of solid cast blue glass. Horn has elucidated. “the experience of blue unlike most colours is always half you. So this is a pair that is both mirror and window. The window contains the view of blue. The mirror reflects the blue in you.”
A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Until March 30, A Kind of You is up at CAC M√°laga (read more here) and a major touring exhibition of Horn‚Äôs works will take place in 2009-2010, organized by Tate Modern and the Whitney Museum of American Art.