HORN, Roni. Rings of Lispector (Agua Viva).
(Gottingen, Germany): Hauser & Wirth Steidl, 2004. First edition. Oblong quarto. Text in French and English by Helene Cixous. Commemorating Roni Horn’s first major solo exhibition in the United Kingdom in 2004, this publication focuses on the one-room floor-bound installation, complemented by a series of individual silkscreen prints. Consisting of interconnecting rubber tiles, the floor work was inlaid with select passages from Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector’s book ‘Agua Viva’ (Stream of Life). Translated by Hélène Cixous, phrases appeared on the floor in circular arrangements, echoing the movement of raindrops on the surface of water. The work embodies a sense of the dialectic between architectural space and poetic force, encouraging one to experience the rubber physically underfoot and to view the words from above. Two volume is near fine condition housed in the publisher’s thin card slipcase with title-label.
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