January 25 – May 4, 2019
Alexa Horochowski is a multi-media artist who weaves together sculpture, video, drawing in dramatic forms and epic displays. Beautiful Sky takes land based materials that are used in soil and water preservation and transforms them into abstract but somehow knowable forms. The effect is that the viewer experiences these functional materials in a new way, bringing that perspective then back to the land. In design and material, the objects broach the uneasy relationship between ecological sustainability and the market forces driving industry, farm production, and the politics of environmental stewardship. With sculpture that ranges from monumental to fragile and massive prints created with swirling trash, her art helps us look more closely at the seemingly futile attempts to keep nature from changing due to the Anthropocene era in which we live.
“Horochowski is a conceptual artist, who materializes forms that people experience as sculpture,” says James Garland, Founder & President of Fluidity, and collaborator on the DMC’s Heart of the City for Rochester. The sculptural forms she creates are eerie in how they both mask and reveal. It is a type of land art in the gallery, that responds, reflects, and acts on the contemporary issues around land use, taking into consideration a wider scope of global trade, post-colonial ethnic relations that takes land and water to supply a system that craves this resource rather than needs it.
Born and raised in Argentina, Horochowski, the daughter of an Argentinian-born doctor of Ukrainian heritage, moved to America’s Heartland as a young girl with her family. Splitting an identity between South and North America, her work never allows the things most of us take for granted in America to sit still, but to radiate with new meaning. Horochowski is currently Professor of Art at St. Cloud State University and has received numerous grants and awards. Most recently she participated in the Forest Island Project artist residency in Mammoth Lakes, CA, that placed her within a dramatic landscape explored by land artists Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson, and Michael Heizer, and photographer Ansel Adams. Previous residencies include CASAPOLI, Coliumo, Chile, 2013, and Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, 2017. Horochowski’s art can be found in private and public collections, including Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Weisman Museum of Art. Cochayuyo, a double projection video installation by Horochowski is currently on view at the Walker Art Center.
Considerable funding was made possible through the Efroymson Family Fund awarded to Horochowski for this exhibition.
Click the image above to view a downloadable pdf of the gallery guide for Alexa Horochowski: Beautiful Sky with an essay by Godfre Leung, “The Beauty of their city, the kindly weather of the skies.”
Click the image above to view the R Town TV segment about Alexa Horochowski: Beautiful Sky.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.