Rustic Truism: Jenny Holzer's Soft Targets at Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Bluemarlin's London and Bath studios recently ventured out to the sleepy town of Bruton to view Jenny Holzer's exhibition, Softer Targets at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Showcasing both new work and a selection of significant pieces drawn from over three decades of the American artist’s career, the show takes its name from its headline artwork that features enlarged redacted texts from a classified 2004 Federal Bureau of Investigation report entitled The Terrorist Threat to the US Homeland: An FBI Assessment. On page 26 there is only a single surviving line, which is “ Shifting from Softer Targets.”
As designers, it’s easy to get caught up in the visual as in our craft we deal with imagery, texture, colour, etc., but Holzer’s work reminds us of the powerful and profound effect of using language as art to express complex ideas and emotions that are often difficult to articulate.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a truly spectacular art destination. Comprised of an ensemble of renovated buildings that were once the Durslade Farm, it boasts five gallery rooms, a cloister courtyard, a mouthwatering restaurant (we highly recommend the Roth Bar & Grill), a bookshop, and a breathtaking garden. This environment successfully brings together the historic with the contemporary, the rustic with the cosmopolitan, creating a conducive atmosphere for awestruck inspiration.
Take the Time: Visit Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Jenny Holzer's Soft Targets ends on 1 November 2015