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View of the Atlantic Ocean / View of the English Channel

View of the Atlantic Ocean / View of the English Channel, 2008/2018 - David Horvitz

View of the Atlantic Ocean / View of the English Channel, 2008/2018

David Horvitz  

68,04 x 25,4 cm / 26.79 x 10 inch
Edition of 20 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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  • Medium: C-print
  • This edition consists of two photographs,
    each measuring 25,4 x 33,02 cm / 10" x 13"
  • This edition is unframed
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Brussels (BE)

about this work

On 9 July 1975, conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader left the harbour of Chatham, Massachusetts (US) to sail across the Atlantic in the Ocean Wave - a small 3,8 meter cruiser. Ader estimated it would take anywhere between two to three months to reach Falmouth (UK) - from where he’d travel to Groningen (NL) for an exhibition of his work. The journey across the ocean was part of a larger artwork entitled In Search of the Miraculous.

Unfortunately, on 18 April 1975 – almost 9 months after he set sail – a Spanish fishing boat found the wreckage of Ader’s sailing boat approximately 150 nautical miles from the southwest coast of Ireland. Ader’s body was never recovered

In 2008 David Horvitz undertook a journey to both Chatham, Massachusetts where Ader set sail and his intended point of arrival in the southern coast of England. David Horvitz photographed the horizon at both locations.

about David Horvitz

David Horvitz works in the realm between the virtual and the physical, being able to translate the functioning of one sphere to the other. It is very difficult to explain what Horvitz does exactly, and what makes him such an interesting artist. He often jokes how his wife and friends think he is lazy, while actually he is constantly working. You could say that through his work, Horvitz creates a caption for the world rather than a new image for it. Through various conceptual strategies he reflects in a poetic, visual way of how we occupy a place in the world - be it digitally or 'in real life'.

David Horvitz uses different media and distribution methods to spread his ideas: from photography and performance, to books, conceptual websites, online interventions and 'mail art'. In many of his work, the artist plays with the boundaries of the artwork, with how we receive and read it, and how we ultimately understand it.

The work of David Horvitz is shown internationally. Solo exhibitions include New Museum, New York; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen; and Jan Mot, Brussels. His work was also part of various group exhibitions, including in HangarBicocca, Milan; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow; Modulor, Marseille; and MoMA, New York.

David Horvitz is represented by the following gallery;
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ChertLüdde, Berlin 

You can also discover plenty more of David Horvitz’ work on his own website

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