Holzer specialises in text-based conceptual art. The work, the words and aphorisms are sometimes oblique, usually intentionally provocative (are we meant to agree, disagree or recoil in horror at the observation?), but always intriguing...
It almost makes me sad, because Holzer is foremost a PUBLIC artist. I don't mean that she makes public artworks only (though she does) but because her works function with regard to public observation. They are about and for people. How and why we think. The world of consumerism, expectations, social mores and perceptions.
Her works are public provocations to think more about ourselves and the world.
I particularly liked the granite benches included here, their solidity reinforcing the harsh statements made on them. This one really struck me:
YOU SHOULD LIMIT THE NUMBER OF TIMES
YOU ACT AGAINST YOUR NATURE,
LIKE SLEEPING WITH PEOPLE YOU HATE.
IT'S INTERESTING TO TEST YOUR
CAPABILITIES FOR A WHILE
BUT TOO MUCH WILL CAUSE DAMAGE.