David Horvitz is an artist whose work adopts a nomadic personality, shifting seamlessly between the Internet and the printed page, the West Coast, East Coast, and beyond, avoiding any particular definition or medium. Born in Los Angeles and currently based in New Yorkalthough his location may change at any given momentHorvitz frequently encourages participation from both his friends and a web-based audience for his projects, channeling the spirit of conceptual artists who reach out to a community greater than their immediate surroundings. He infuses his practice with generosity and free distribution. He is the author of Xiu Xiu: The Polaroid Project: The Book and a contributor to The Open Daybook, which are available from MBP.
Everything That Can Happen In A Dayby David Horvitz
Artist David Horvitz knows how to transform the mundane details of everyday life into unexpected quirks that inspire people to action. Over the course of 2009 he posted a new initiative on his blog every single day, enjoining readers to follow his lead and insert some art into everyday life. The popular blog not only inspired people to act; they also documented
Artist David Horvitz knows how to transform the mundane details of everyday life into unexpected quirks that inspire people to action. Over the course of 2009 he posted a new initiative on his blog every single day, enjoining readers to follow his lead and insert some art into everyday life. The popular blog not only inspired people to act; they also documented their actions. Everything That Can Happen In A Day features some of Horvitz's favorite ideas as well as an astonishing array of images that document people following Horvitz's cues.
From accompanying mail carriers on their routes to fast food restaurant Tai Chi, poetry readings in ATM kiosks and sticking your head in a freezer and photographing it, this book serves as an excellent source for making sure that on any given day nothing feels ordinary.
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David Horvitz is an artist who is finding just how potent is the dissemination of information on the Internet can be. This book represents a year long project in which Horvitz daily sent out ideas on the internet inviting people to respond to the idea, not as his idea but instead as their own response to his initial idea thought. Sound confusing, then better to quote Horvitz's own statement: 'Almost every day of the course of 2009 I sent out an idea to an email list, and posted the same idea on a tumblr blog. Anyone could sign up to receive the emails, and anyone could follow the blog....The intent was to disseminate the ideas outward, to send them away and to see (or not see) what happens.' What 'happened' is the content of this enormously fascinating book. Some of the ideas that Horvitz sent were ''Go on a walk with a postal worker as the deliver the day's mail etc'; 'Go to a popular tourist destination. Place yourself in the backgrounds of as many tourist photographs as you can. Think about how you will become part of other people's memories' (this accompanied by two photographs taken in the courtyard of the Louvre and in front of Notre Dame); 'Leave a a bouquet of flowers in a taxi for the next person'; 'Cover up the sun with a finger' (two sunsets obliterated by fingers); 'With a sharpie make a small sign that says: out of order. Tape this to an ATM when no one is looking' (photograph of just that); 'Go to a museum that has one of Marcel Duchamp's "fountains." When the gallery attendant is not looking, put your face inside the urinal.' (two photograph responses); 'Ask a war veteran to write an apology letter to the country they had fought.'; 'Acquire a highly priced bottle of water. Pour it out on the roots of a tree nearby.' (two photographic responses); 'Make a series of photographs in which you are standing on the trunks of felled trees.' (two photographic responses); 'Try to go to sleep with your eyes open'. This book of ideas and responses to those ideas contains humor, philosophy, environmental concerns, challenges - all ideas that make the receiver want to respond. It is a clever 'idea' for a project and an even more clever an idea for a book. In so many ways this book is about the essence of art: ideas propagated in new ways to communicate to an audience. Highly original: highly recommended. Grady Harp