View of the Atlantic Ocean / View of the English Channel
This edition consists of two photographs, each measuring 25,4 x 33,02 cm
Edition of 20 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
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 pilgrimage 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, as a tribute to one of the founding fathers of poetic conceptualism.
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.