Depart Foundation presents its first solo exhibition of works by Los Angeles based artist Marc Horowitz. Curated by Nicola Ricciardi, Interior, Day (A Door Opens), on view October 8 - December 19, 2015, will feature new paintings and sculpture. With a prescient instinct for the untapped cultural potential of populist mediums, notably Internet culture, commercial advertising and the entertainment industry, Horowitz looks to establish a social connection and reciprocity between viewer and artist.
In this new body of work, Horowitz stages encounters between the high and low, and the old and new, conflating art historical references and typologies in a mash-up of thrift store chintz and idiosyncratic commentary. Often funny, irreverently bawdy and even scatological, Horowitz’s sculptures start with formal references to Classical statuary which are then playfully corrupted with the inclusion of junky every day objects; everything from plastic cups to ceramic budgies and clown figurines.
Horowitz’s paintings are executed on canvas with a combination of oil, charcoal, pastel and acrylic spray paint. Combining abstract expressionist markmaking, vibrant color, and cartoonish shorthand, his works feel haphazard and precise, combining the best aspects of spontaneous notation and deliberate composition. Concerned with conjuring an experiential context beyond the immediate frame of the art object, his aesthetic never veers too far away from a cinematic proposition. The title Interior, Day (A Door Opens) conjures a mise en scène, encouraging the viewer to insert themselves into the narratives offered by this irreverent storyteller. The titles of the artworks themselves are drawn from screenplays for The Matrix and Tarkovsky’s Solaris, and are intended to reinforce the willfully awkward and wonderfully playful displacements that Horowitz encourages through his works.
Horowitz has lived by popular vote--crowdsourcing an entire month of his life--traveled the country dining with strangers, taken a virtual cross-country road trip using Google maps, handed out blank sheets of paper as free ideas, and run errands in San Francisco on a mule - all in service of his experimental social practice. Using social media platforms like YouTube and Twitter, his video projects, webisodes and social interventions have gone viral, making him an Internet celebrity. Horowitz stages the situational, experimenting with the relegation of control and allowing his projects to evolve on their own terms in the social arena. Constantly interested in the dissimulating mechanisms of commercial consumerism and the unabated acceleration of virtual culture, he offers us clever one-liners that invariably evolve into deeper explorations of consumption, ideology and culture.
An artist book entitled Phillips Auction Catalog published by NERO will be released in conjunction with the exhibition.