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Rebecca Horn: Bodylandscapes, The Hayward Gallery
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From: Eva
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 27 May 2005

Review

26 May - 29 Aug 2005 http://www.hayward.org.uk

Go straight to the top and see the footage in the projection room first, these make the rest of Hornís work more interesting. The drawings are stylistically derivative of Joseph Beuys, Cy Twomby and that kind of violent pencil, careful ink blob aesthetic. The mechanical elements are the most appealing, though the objects used with them look antiquated Ė long umbrellas, black patent leather shoes, leather bound books and the like. Maybe they represent platonic objects, they are certainly nostalgic items and would already have been such in the 1970s when most of these works were made. The titles and imagery often pertain to mythological subjects, showing Horn as an artist responding to artís traditional subjects. The knives and blood are meaningless. Hornís latest works are more stylized than the rest, with the collaborative soundtrack striking a mystical cord. There are some nice elements in the show, but there are too many mediocre drawings there to fill up the space. I found it somewhat irritating that Horn added her signature to the glass vitrines, making them look like paintings for sale.

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