Minneapolis, MN----Highpoint is honored to present Vortex Drawings, an exhibition of monumental works from Highpoint Editions’ first collaboration with Minneapolis-based visiting artist Alexa Horochowski. She is known for her sculpture and installation art that addresses the interrelatedness of natural forces, globalization, culture, and matter. Horochowski’s Highpoint Editions work explores the impartiality of natural forces that bring together matter of various sorts without differentiating trash from mineral or toxic from organic.
In order to create this series, Horochowski set up barrel fans to imitate a natural wind vortex on the third floor of The Soap Factory, a gallery and nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting artistic experimentation and innovation. She was inspired by the natural vortices such as dust devils that occur in the desert and prairie, wind eddies that form between skyscrapers in city centers, and the Pacific trash vortex. The drawings were formed by the wind interacting with anthropogenic, industrial waste — man-made pollutants such as Styrofoam cups, polystyrene packing peanuts, and aluminum cans. These materials were coated in substances such as graphite, ink, and oils to create a series of enormous works on paper, some as large as 12 x 12 feet. A combination of mechanical drawing and experimental printmaking, these works further blend artistic media and advance the art of printmaking into a new realm.
Alexa Horochowski: Vortex Drawings will be presented in Highpoint’s main galleries, and will be on view February 3-March 25, 2017, with an opening reception on February 3 from 6:30-9pm. The exhibition will feature a selection of vortex drawings and a video.
About Alexa Horochowski:
Raised in Patagonia, Horochowski and her family moved to the United States when she was nine. She received her MFA at the University of Michigan and has exhibited work regionally at The Minneapolis Institute of Art; Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis; and Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN. She has also exhibited her work nationally and internationally at Braga Menéndez Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina; The Drawing Center, New York City; Praxis International Art, New York City & Miami; and the Iris and Gerald Cantor Gallery, Worchester, MA. A recipient of the McKnight (2003 & 2014), Bush (2004), and Jerome Fellowships (2001), Horochowski has also been an artist-in-residence on three different continents. She is currently teaching at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.