A solo exhibition featuring new works of sculpture, video and large-scale prints by Alexa Horochowski
The exhibition Club Disminución (“Club of Diminishing Returns”) was instigated by Alexa Horochowski’s artist residency at Casa Poli in Coliumo, Chile, 2012/2013.
Designed by architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofía Ellrichshausen, Casa Poli, a minimalist, concrete cube, functions as a cultural art center/artist studio. Built on a jagged cliff overlooking the Pacific, 30 miles from Chile’s second largest city, Concepción, Casa Poli appears perched at the end of the world. It offers views of the ocean from three of the cardinal points (South, West, and North), and directly below Casa Poli, the surf pounds into a narrow cave. The separation between landscape and architecture is indistinct.
In her pursuit of the physicality of form, Alexa Horochowski uses 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.
Horochowski molds cochayuyo (Durivillaea antartica, kelp that grows on the shores of Chile below Casa Poli) into cuboidal forms that merge the mechanical with the organic/living. Sponges are translated into bronze so that they resemble pumice, and natural materials take on the qualities of man-made objects. The work explores entropy and the passing of time by imitating the natural processes of accretion and aggregation found in caves or the persistent impression left by fauna and water on architecture and the landscape. A fossil of a credit card heralds a post-consumer future, beyond the Era of the Anthropocene.
In The Soap Factory’s 25th season, we are delighted to work with Alexa Horochowski on this major exhibition of new work of sculpture, photography and video.
Since 2009 The Soap Factory has selected regional practitioners to produce single artist projects in our space; an opportunity for artists to show their work in depth in our unique galleries. To show Alexa’s work is particularly appropriate: she has exhibited with The Soap Factory at key points in her career, and was one of the first artists to exhibit in our building, in 1997.
About the artist
Raised in the Patagonia of Argentina, Alexa Horochowski immigrated with her family to the United States at the age of nine. Horochowski received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri. In 1996 she completed an MFA degree at the University of Michigan. Her work has been exhibited at Praxis, New York/Miami; Braga Menéndez Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires; The Drawing Center, NYC; and Monique Meloche, Chicago. In Minnesota, she has worked on multiple solo exhibitions and projects including, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Soap Factory, and Franconia Sculpture Park. Horochowski has also participated in the following artist residencies, El Basilisco, Argentina; CasaPoli, Chile, The Bemis Art Center, United States, and Can Serrat, Spain. She is Professor of Sculpture at St Cloud State University.