Truism Stickers, ca early 1980s
Offset printed black type on silver metallic self-adhesive stickers.
2 1/2 x 3 in to 2 3/4 x 3 in.
In 1977 Jenny Holzer created her Truisms, all-text compositions composed of often-contradictory opinions surrounding commonly held truths and cliches. Variously insightful, hostile, and often comic, these words or phrases were intended to arouse multiple responses. Holzer typed her Truisms, had them printed commercially and then pasted them up as posters throughout lower Manhattan. Her goal was to take art out of the institution and have it accessible to almost anyone. Holzer’s Survival series began in 1983. It grew out of her Truisms and Inflammatory Essays, as part of a guerrilla stickering campaign. These 11 stickers represent very early iterations of Hozler’s ongoing text-based series.