Anna McNay

Review of Roni Horn: Butterfly Doubt at Hauser & Wirth, London


Roni Horn:
Butterfly Doubt

Hauser & Wirth, London

5 June – 25 July 2015

“The world is wasted on the young.
Youth is my oyster.” The walls of Hauser & Wirth London’s north galleries
are currently plastered with such statements: inverted idioms, pickled
proverbs, experimental poetry of a surreal nature. Roni Horn (b1955) uses words
as her motifs, moving them about to suit her canvas, engendering new forms of
expression, sometimes speaking with a greater clarity than the original

Her exhibition, which spans both
north and south galleries, is made up of three recent series: the just described
Hack Wit (2013-14), Or (2014) and Remembered Words (2013). Each is made using
her surgical method of cutting up two original drawings and splicing them
together, carefully tessellating the pieces. The results are at first seemingly
random, creating nonsensical jigsaws but, on closer inspection, there are
threads and links running through the works. Nothing is arbitrary.

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