Channa Horwitz, Sonakinatography Movement #5
I am delighted to present an exhibition with drawings by the American Conceptual artist Channa Horwitz in parallel with the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. The show opens on Thursday, May 15, 2013, and is a collaboration with the Berlin gallery Annant & Zoo. Horwitz was born in 1932 and lived and worked in Los Angeles. She passed away on April 29 of this year, while preparing this exhibition.
Since the 1960s, Channa Horwitz had been consistently working on her own picture systematics. „ I have created a visual philosophy by working with deductive logic. I had a need to control and compose time as I had controlled and composed two dimensional drawings and paintings. To do this, I chose a graph as the basis for the visual description of time. I gave the graph a value: one inch became one beat or pulse in time. Using this graph, I made compositions that depicted rhythm visually.
I experience freedom through the limitations and structure I place on my work. It would appear that limitation and structure are the opposite of freedom. I have found them to be synonymous with freedom, and the basis of freedom...........As I see the world, it appears to have grown and evolved through a series of chances. My life and how it evolves appears to be determined by chance; but in reality, it is a structure directed and determined by my desires, both conscious and unconscious. The theory behind my work is that if structure plays out long enough, it will ap pear to be chance. It won't be chance, it will only appear to be chance. My life flows as all things in the universe flow, in a cyclical or circular manner. It is as in Lobachevskian geometry, the continuum meets itself in space. The beginning and ending are only one step away from each other. There is no beginning and ending … in the universe. To live for all time, is to live now. My life's duration is all time. I create and control my life out of my desires."*
*Channa Horwitz in: Flash Art, July-August 1976