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  1. Alexa Horochowski’s Club Disminución (“Club of Diminishing Returns”)

    514 2nd St SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Call: 612-623-9176

    Opening Reception September 6. For more information, head to:

    In her pursuit of the physicality of form, Alexa Horochowski uses a wide range of elemental media to render sculptures that defy their native qualities. Hard becomes soft, soft becomes hard, gestures are frozen. Natural objects, flotsam, and ‘naturalized’ garbage, combined with studio-generated objects, suggest a post-human natural history of the future.

    Sculpture, video, and large-scale digital prints work together to depict the struggle between the human drive to create lasting symbols of culture, and Nature’s indifferent, persistent erasure of these symbols. The landscape is distilled into distinctive objects that are charged with elements of the alien or unknown.

    Horochowski molds cochayuyo (Durivillaea antartica, kelp that grows on the shores of Chile below Casa Poli) into cuboidal forms that merge the mechanical with the organic/living. Sponges are translated into bronze so that they resemble pumice, and natural materials take on the qualities of man-made objects. The work explores entropy and the passing of time by imitating the natural processes of accretion and aggregation found in caves or the persistent impression left by fauna and water on architecture and the landscape. A fossil of a credit card heralds a post-consumer future, beyond the Era of the Anthropocene.

    In The Soap Factory’s 25th season, we are delighted to work with Alexa Horochowski on this major exhibition of new work of sculpture, photography and video.

    Since 2009 The Soap Factory has selected regional practitioners to produce single artist projects in our space; an opportunity for artists to show their work in depth in our unique galleries. To show Alexa’s work is particularly appropriate: she has exhibited with The Soap Factory at key points in her career, and was one of the first artists to exhibit in our building, in 1997.

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