In Your Face 7
The history of portraits is filled with one common pursuit, the attempt to capture the fleeing expression of a face. Not only as an effort to turn the painting of one unique element as complex, dynamic and formally interesting as possible; but also, as a way of underlining the emotional state or the inner life of the posing subject.
Roni Horn has taken use of the easiness and immediacy with which the photographic machine can produce images of a face, and the speed with which it can map every small change in ones expression, as a way of producing portraits that are closer to the actual experience of been facing someone and reacting to the flow of changes in their features - that are as varied as the thoughts in the conscious mind that produces them.
This is one more example that shows how contemporary art in the ages of Pluralism is paradoxically both related and independent of the canon of art.