Jytte Høy's work for RoofTop consists of the text think of small, then even smaller bits of nothing. The sentence is possible in its form, but impossible in its content. How does one think of nothing? If nothingness had a size, it could be large as well as small, but nothing is a concept with no scale ratio. Nothing has a name, but it has no physical substance, because it covers that which is not there. It neither weighs nor fills anything. Nevertheless, it can occupy our consciousness.
Høy intrudes on the viewer with a command; we are asked to think of something. Like a thought experiment, Høy gradually leads us from an imaginative size to a smaller size and then a smaller one and smaller… until it is nothing. A linguistic zoom occurs, and a physical size gradually disappears for the inner gaze. think of small, then even smaller bits of nothing creates a kind of short circuit of comprehension. The sentence escapes that which is logically possible. We read that which we cannot understand. Høy presents us with something to think about and then she takes away our ability to comprehend that which is planted in our thoughts.
think of small, then even smaller bits of nothing leads us into an abstract, endless space which we cannot navigate. It may be that nothing is something that only exists in our consciousness, but nothing can also be a vacuum, a black hole, or a gap in a sentence where great potential hides. Once, everything rose out of nothing.
Jytte Høy (1951 DK) studied at the School of Sculpture at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1983-1989. In the years 1996-2007, she was principal at The Jutland Academy of Fine Arts. Høy has had solo exhibitions at Esbjerg Art Museum, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Rønnebæksholm, Den Frie, Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art, ISCP (US), and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (DE), among others. Høy has received The Thorvaldsen Medal, The Danish Arts Foundation’s Honorary Grant, and Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen’s Grant, among others. Høy’s works are part of the collections at Esbjerg Art Museum, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Sammlung Block (DE), Neues Museum (DE), and ARTER (TR), and she has created several works for public space. Høy has published several books at her publishing house Apartment One, and she has published monographs at the German publishers The Green Box and Revolver and the Danish publisher Vandkunsten.