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Painting the town all weekend long

February 1, 2019

Women really are taking over the Rochester Art Center this weekend!

Artist Alexa Horochowski also opens the “Beautiful Sky” exhibit, which takes items relevant to land and water preservation, and repurposes them into pieces of art that provoke thought and conversation and the environmental impact of actions we take every day.

Here’s a few more pieces of information about the exhibit – in her words.

What was the impetus behind making the “Beautiful Sky” pieces?

My commute to work offers me a view of a landscape that is extremely altered by human activity, particularly by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. They are continually using various mitigation objects that attempt to resurrect the flora they destroy with each road expansion. To me, these mitigation objects look like accidental land art. I was inspired to work with some of these materials and displace them by bringing them into a human-scale space like the gallery.

How does art help us parse big-picture issues like climate change/environmental pollution?

I try to make compelling artworks that don’t tell the viewer what to think. I want the art to offer something that is without language first…however, those who look carefully will discover some of the complex ideas I’m considering in my research and studio.

Where did the trash materials in this collection come from?

There is no trash per se in the exhibition. The vortex drawings and video are made using Polystyrene cups that I purchased at the Family Dollar across the street from my studio. They became trash after I used them with pigments to create drawings. It was important to me to use Polystyrene because it doesn’t decompose easily in the environment yet we continue to use these products as if they won’t have repercussions to the future health of animals and ourselves.

What do you hope viewers get out of their visit to “Beautiful Sky?”

I interpret what I see out in the world. After visiting my installation the viewer may start to see some of what I see, and perhaps consider the role that these objects play out when they come into contact with chemical, biological, and geological phenomena.

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