Alexa Horochowski: The Physicality of Form

Cochayuyo, HD video, 9:32, 3-channel, dual projection screens, 13 x 8 feet, 2014

In my pursuit of the physicality of form I use a wide range of elemental media to render sculptures that defy their native qualities. Hard becomes soft, soft becomes hard, gestures are frozen. Natural objects, flotsam, and ‘naturalized’ garbage, combined with studio-generated objects, suggest a post-human natural history of the future. Sculpture, video, and large-scale digital prints work together to depict the struggle between the human drive to create lasting symbols of culture, and Nature’s indifferent, persistent erasure of these symbols.

The landscape is distilled into distinctive objects that are charged with elements of the alien or unknown. I mold cochayuyo (kelp that grows on the shores of Chile) into cuboidal forms that merge the mechanical with the organic. Sponges are translated into bronze so that they resemble pumice, and natural materials take on the qualities of mass-produced, anthropogenic objects. The work explores entropy and the passing of time by imitating exogenous geologic processes such as erosion caused by wind, water, ice, and human activity. In the exhibition Club Disminución, a fossil of a credit card heralds a post-consumer future, beyond the Era of the Anthropocene.

Essay by Christina Schmid in response to “Club Disminución"

Credit Card (fossil), casting cement, found Trilobite fossil, 3 x 5 x 1 inches, 2014

          Cochayuyo (Installation View), dimensions variable, arctic kelp, 2012. Installation using found arctic kelp during an artist residency at Casa Poli, Coliumo, Chile.

Cloud Cave (Installation View), dimensions variable, cast bronze, inkjet print, polished steel, brass rod, 2011

Cloud, brass rod, paint, 42” x 52” x 36”, 2011

Cave, inkjet, Dibond, polished steel, 30” x 50” x 40”, 2011

Tall Ships, 2011, 17” x 4.5” x 18” (each), bronze, 2011

                   Rock,2012, 48” x 46” x 55”, stainless steel rod, polished, stainless steel
      Rock is defined by both the reflection on the surface of the polished steel base and the lines      
      forming the sculpture.

Alexa Horochowski grew up in Patagonia, Argentina, and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was nine years old. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including, Braga Menendez Gallery, Buenos Aires; The Drawing Center, NYC; Praxis International Art, NYC/Miami; Franconia Sculpture Park, Minnesota; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis. Horochowski was awarded artist residencies at, El Basilisco, Argentina, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, United States, and Casa Poli, Chile. Horochowski is Full Professor of Sculpture at St. Cloud State University, and a 2014 McKnight Fellow. Horochowski’s work is in collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center.