Match made in heaven: JOHN WATERS, he the maker of Pink Flamingos, and RONI HORN, she the maker of such inscrutibly beautiful but maddeningly evasive Objects as Pink Tons.
Even Waters has a hard time getting what Horn is after at first look -- and, as he pointed out last week, that's the damn point. We thank our stars that the ICA BOSTON picked Waters as Horn's interlocutor -- we doubt anyone less flamboyant, off-the-dome amusing, unabashedly curious, and ultimately fearless could have done as impressive a job. Waters, so often thumbnailed as America's curator of bad taste, simply has taste. Having decided that Horn's gold-leaf mats are exquisite, he dives in and begins interrogating her like a journalist, then embellishes her answers with gossipy asides and zingy one-liners. Give John Waters an opportunity to riff on Pink Tons -- the world's biggest piece of cast glass -- and he will not disappoint. Can he maybe stick around and hang out at the ICA full-time?
You'll notice in the podcast that they're speaking about works without naming them -- Waters was projecting a slideshow onto a screen -- and to help you keep up, we've lined up as many of them as we could find, in something approaching the order in which they are discussed. (We couldn't find images of her slashing, minimalist red drawings, sorry.) Spoiler alert: Waters posts nudez of Horn at the end.
Greg Cook reviews Roni Horn aka Roni Horn in our current issue. The exhibit is on view through June 13 at ICA Boston.
PODCAST: Roni Horn interviewed by John Waters at ICA Boston [mp3]
Roni Horn Images from This is Me, This is You 1998-2000; Courtesy Hauser and Wirth, Zurich © the artist.
Things Which Happen Again (For a Here and a There), 1988, installation view facing northPhoto: Aimée Reed
Installation view of Roni Horn aka Roni Horn at the ICA/Boston. Foreground: Roni Horn, 1988/2001, Solid forged stainless steel, Diameter 12–12 3/4 in. (30.5–32.4 cm), Private collection. Background: Roni Horn,White Dickinson, SCIENCE IS VERY NEAR US—I FOUND A MEGATHERIUM ON MY STRAWBERRY, 2006, Aluminum and solid cast plastic, 2 x 2 x 128 in. (5.1 x 5.1 x 325 cm), Collection of Jennifer Stockman; Roni Horn, White Dickinson, NATURE IS SO SUDDEN SHE MAKES US ALL ANTIQUE—, 2006/2007, Aluminum and solid cast plastic, 2 x 2 x 90 in. (5.1 x 5.1 x 205.7 cm), Glenstone, Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Roni Horn. Photo: John Kennard
Roni Horn, You are the Weather (detail), 1995, Gelatin silver prints and chromogenic prints, 16 of 17 sets, Each 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (26.7 x 21.6 cm), Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Roni Horn
Installation view of Roni Horn aka Roni Horn at the ICA/Boston. Foreground: Roni Horn, Paired Gold Mats, for Ross and Felix, 1994-1995, Two pure gold mats, Each 1/1000 x 60 x 49 in. (.002 x 152.4 x 124.5 cm), The Art Institute of Chicago. Background: Roni Horn, Ant Farm, 1974/2007, Mahogany, glass, earth, and ants, 47 x 70 x 4 in. (119.4 x 177.8 x 10.2 cm), Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Roni Horn, Photo: John Kennard
Portrait of an Image (with Isabelle Huppert) 2005Courtesy Hauser and Wirth Zurich © the artist100 photographs in twenty sequences of five38 x 31.75cm each
Detail from "Cabinet of," 2001
Roni Horn, Untitled (Aretha),2002-2004, Solid cast glass, 15 x 30 x 30 in. (38.1 x 76.2 x 76.2 cm), Museum of Modern Art, New York; Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Roni Horn. Photo: John Kennard
Roni Horn: installation view, "Angie and Emily Dickinson", Inverleith House, 2006.
Installation view, Vatnasafn/Library of Water, Stykkisholmur, Iceland, Permanent installation since 2007
Her, Her, Her, and Her, 2002–03. 64 gelatin silver prints, unique, 96 1/2 x 96 1/4 inches (245.1 x 244.5 cm) overall . Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Perry Wolfman 2007.13. © Roni Horn
Still Water (The River Thames, for Example)- Image C, 1999, offset lithograph (photograph and text combined) on uncoated paper, Edition of 7 Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Roni Horn, Ant Farm, 1974/2007, Mahogany, glass, earth, and ants, 47 x 70 x 4 in. (119.4 x 177.8 x 10.2 cm), Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Roni Horn. Photo: John Kennard