“I've always drawn energy from looking at Old Masters' works while simultaneously reading the Economist, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Wired, flipping through fashion magazines, old Daffy Duck comics, J. Crew catalogs, fashion magazines; taking photos on a camera and pulling scraps from the photos. I vociferously inhale stimulus. You could say I'm on the brink of an unhealthy amount cognitive disinhibition. ”
Marc Horowitz (b. 1976) is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography, painting, performance, and social practice. Horowitz holds a master’s degree in art from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees in art and marketing from San Francisco Art Institute, and Indiana University Kelley School of Business respectively.
Horowitz has had solo exhibitions at Johannes Vogt in New York, China Art Objects and the DEPART Foundation (both in Los Angeles), Galerie Analix Forever in Geneva, Switzerland, The Hayward Gallery in London, and at Aran Cravey in Los Angeles. His work has been featured extensively on local and national television including ABC News, NPR Weekend Edition, CBS Inside Edition CBS, CNN American Morning, and on NBC’s The Today Show. He has taught Internet Studio Art at the University of Southern California and lectured at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts, Stanford University, Otis College of Art and Design, and Yale University.
Among the most powerful things that art can do is teach us empathy for humanity by finding new ways to picture the world, and that is exactly what Marc Horowitz does.
“I am currently reading Byung-Chul Han's "The Scent of Time," and have been thinking about contemporary concepts around time––acceleration theory and beyond. What does post-acceleration theory look like? What does a puddle of time look like as opposed to a stream? Non-linear time, the out-of-syncness that we are living in.
Some of these things were crossed in Heidegger's "Being and Time." Also reading a bit about anarchy. On top of that, I've been researching aspects of Shintoism and how it relates to gaining time. What does an infinite moment look like?“
Whether giving away "free ideas" in a city square, buying strangers dinner, or making idiosyncratic marks on canvas, much of Marc Horowitz's work can be described as "nice gestures." At times this term may refer to the hilarious social behavior exhibited in projects like “Mr. Nice Guy,” in which he walked around in a blazer embroidered with said phrase offering people mints and helping hands. At other times, Horowitz is gestural in his paintings that land somewhere between storytelling and absurd "what if"- positing.
We asked Marc where his most memorable exhibitions have been, and which upcoming exhibitions he would like to tell us about:
“All of have had their own story. It seems a bit like having children––birthing them, raising them, letting them go. When each show is done, the process cuts me down to a stump and I have to regrow into the next iteration. “
Upcoming Exhibitions in 2019:
Johannes Vogt, NYC
Lungley Gallery, London
Jonathan Hopson Gallery, Houston TX
Evergold [Projects], San Francisco