Minneapolis-based artist Alexa Horochowski’s work exists at the intersection of what is human and what is not. Informed by a life immersed in radically different landscapes — the desolate Argentine fringes of Patagonia’s Atlantic coast where she was raised, and the fertile Midwest woodlands hugging the great lakes — chance encounters with various materials, natural or man-made, often provide a starting point for her works in sculpture, photography and video. Creating juxtapositions she manipulates organic matter into geometric shapes or patterns, and explores natural forces like wind and tides, distilling their essence as indifferent actors prepared to swirl scraps of trash as readily as fallen leaves. Warning of the ramifications of climate change, Horochowski aspires to “question the sustainability of a consumer society that exacerbates inequality and undermines the environment.” Through this lens, human-kind and its impact on the earth can be viewed as yet another natural force, creating and unleashing materials which are moved around the globe by the jet stream, ocean currents or even industrial systems heedless of how we might define a landscape as urban or rural, developed or undeveloped.
Alexa Horochowski is a dual citizen of Argentina and the United States. Horochowski holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a BA in Journalism from the University of Missouri. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at The Drawing Center, NYC; Braga Menéndez Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Diverseworks, Houston; Praxis, NYC/Miami; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN; Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL; Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis, MN; Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN. Horochowski has been awarded two McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships, a Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, several Minnesota Artist Initiative Grants, and a Bush Artist Fellowship. Horochowski is a Professor of Fine Arts at Saint Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.