David Horvitz. Abbandonare il locale

  • When:   April 12, 2024 - June 30, 2024

Contemporary artArt Exhibitions in Milano


David Horvitz. Abbandonare il locale
David Horvitz, A clock whose seconds are synchronized with your heartbeat, 2020. Courtesy of David Horvitz, Los Angeles and ChertLüdde, Berlin

Opening on the occasion of the twenty-eighth edition of miart, the international modern and contemporary art fair of Milan, Abbandonare il locale is the first major solo exhibition in Italy dedicated to David Horvitz and it is organized in collaboration with BiM, an ambitious urban regeneration project in the Bicocca district which is transforming an iconic building designed by Vittorio Gregotti into a cutting-edge work destination. Exceptionally set up inside a disused office, the exhibition is curated by Nicola Ricciardi, artistic director of miart, who has selected together with Horvitz over 20 works covering almost 20 years of the artists' career.

Born in Los Angeles, where he lives and works, Horvitz uses a disparity of media – from photography to performance, from artists' books to sound, from gastronomy to mail art – to examine questions of distance between places, people, and time in order to test the possibilities of appropriating, undermining or even erasing these distances. His works have been exhibited across the world, from the New Museum in New York City to the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and today he's present in some of the most prestigious collections, from LACMA in Los Angeles to the MoMA in New York City.

Combining a site-specific approach with a performative attitude and mixing historical works with new productions and found objects, Abbandonare il locale stems from the desire of giving a tangible form to the expression no time no space, chosen as the theme and title of the 2024 edition of miart to underline the fair's aspiration to increasingly broaden its geographical and temporal boundaries. The choice of an abandoned office as exhibition venue also underlines the deep interest on the part of both the artist and the curator for liminal spaces, transitoriness, and impermanence, evident already from some of the very first works on display, like "Nostalgia" (2019) — in which photographs from Horvitz's digital archive were transformed into words before being permanently deleted — or "I imagine I am looking into the eyes of someone looking at my eyes after my death " (2020), a self-portrait in which the artist imagines the elusive future of a photograph and evokes the unknowable impact that each person has on the lives of others.

Other works try to complicate and subvert our standardized idea of time - as in the case of "A clock whose seconds are synchronized with your heartbeat" (2020), or "Evidence of time travel" (2014), for which the artist lived in Europe, regulating his life on the California time zone. One more poetic reflection on the same topic is offered by "Lullaby for a landscape (Der Mond ist aufgegangen)" (2017), an installation that crosses half of the exhibition space and which the viewer is invited to play, thus evoking the moment when one iw about to fall asleep, when linear time slowly dissolves and images and memories lose their natural order.

On the other hand, some works try to dismantle boundaries and borders, opening portals towards new dimensions — as in "For Kiyoko" (2017), in which Horvitz photographs the stars that he imagined his grandmother looked at 75 years earlier from the Japanese internment camp in Colorado where she was forcibly relocated during the Second World War, or in the installation "The Distance of a Day" (2013), in which the artist exhibits two videos made simultaneously by him and his mother in California and the Maldives, one at sunrise and one at sunset on the same day. There are also many windows that open onto the future of our planet, such as the reflections offered by "Air de LA" (2020) and "If you keep looking away there will soon be no other place to look" (2024), created specifically for this exhibition, which make the signs of the dramatic increase in frequency and intensity of climate change visible and tangible.... read the rest of the article»

Another mechanism at play in the exhibition is the rereading of the codes, ethics, and aesthetics of the workplace, through the creation of alternative imaginaries and possible ways out. Take the plastic bottles of "Imagined Clouds (Milan)" 2024, which can be mistaken for waste abandoned after a day of work, but that in the artist's intention are both a contemplation of water as a commodity in circulation and of geography, imagining the very material physical geographical sources of the liquid. Or "Mood disorder" (2012), a self-portrait based on stock photographs that depict depression and sadness that Horvitz uploaded on the Wikipedia page dedicated to mood disorders (and which, as it is free of copyright, has been reused for years by news sites, blogs, and magazines, circulating outside of his control).

Many are the works that Horvitz created specifically for the exhibition, such as the two neon signs that open and close the show – "Abbandonare il locale" (2024) and "Abbandonare il tempo" (2024). Finally, making Abbandonare il locale even more site-specific, traces of the dismantling of the office — holes in the walls, piles of rubble, openings in the ceiling — were integrated into the final layout, and the exhibition lighting, which was realized by SPECIFIC – a multidisciplinary creative production studio founded by Patrick Tuttofuoco, Nic Bello, Alessandra Pallotta, Andrea Sala, and Stefano D'Amelio – includes and adapts elements of the original illumination system of the former office.

The exhibition is part of Milano Art Week (8-14 April 2024), the event across various locations coordinated by the City of Milan's Department of Culture which brings together the city's main public institutions and private foundations dedicated to modern and contemporary art. In the same dates BiM also hosts Salone Calmo. A Showcase of Campeggi Objects, an exhibition of the brand's iconic pieces in dialogue with art and photography, curated by SPECIFIC and C41.

On the occasion of miartalks, on Saturday, April 13 at 10:30 AM at Starbucks Reserve™ Roastery Milano in Piazza Cordusio 3, David Horvitz will be in conversation with SPECIFIC – moderated by Nicola Ricciardi – for The Sun Coming Down in a Public Office.

And, on the occasion of the opening of the exhibitions, Saturday, April 13 from 6:30 p.m. BiM invites the public to theopening cocktail: an appointment between art, photography and design to visit the new urban regeneration project in the heart of Bicocca.

Abbandonare il locale is organized in collaboration with BiM - Bicocca incontra Milano and it is made possible with the generous support of ChertLüdde, Berlin with special thanks to Neon-Art, Omega Microfusioni, OSLO FOODS, and Variant3D.

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Title: David Horvitz. Abbandonare il locale

Opening: April 12, 2024

Ending: June 30, 2024

Organization: BiM

Curator: Nicola Ricciardi

Place: Milano, BiM - Dove Bicocca incontra Milano

Address: viale dell'Innovazione, 3 - 20125 Milano

More info on this website: https://bim-milano.com/



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