Well and Truly


Solid cast glass with as-cast surfaces on all sides (fire-ploshed top), 10 parts

45.5 x 91.5 cm (17 15/16 x 36 in.) (each)

The viewer is invited to walk around the installation Well and Truly: a set of glass blocks, in different shades of blue, green, grey and white. Each surface is crystal clear and shimmering. The viewer can contemplate their own reflection as it constantly shifts in natural light, while at the same time the water seems petrified. The effect is that we cannot be entirely sure of the state of these sculptures. Liquid or solid?

“When I look at water, I’m struck by a directional vertigo”, Roni Horn said. The American artist often used this material because of its changing, metaphysical nature and its multiple meanings. The passage of time and its witnesses (the sky, water and light) populate her dreamlike work that, through different media, explores the process of becoming and the concept of identity.

Part of the Pinault Collection, Well and Truly by Roni Horn was first shown at the "Eloge du Doute" (“In Praise of Doubt”) exhibition at the Punta della Dogana (2011-2013).

Roni Horn's other artwork