David Horvitz, Public Access, 2011-2014, Courtesy of the artist and ChertLüdde, Berlin

from wherever you are, walk towards the ocean.

with David Horvitz
Bridge Projects
Saturday, February 12, 2022
5:00 pm –  9:00 pm

David Horvitz will enact “from wherever you are, walk towards the ocean,” a group walk from Bridge Projects to the ocean. Click here for artist’s instructions.

5 pm: pre-walk drinks at Bridge Projects
5:30 pm (nightfall): walk begins

We will walk for 4-5 hours. If on the walk the group gets hungry, a taco truck dinner will light the way. Bring water. Rides back are covered.

Live farther off? Here’s how it works:

Locate the closest ocean to you.

This could be 1 mile away or 1000 miles away.

Point to it with your finger.

Orient yourself with it.

Turn your body in its direction.

Look towards it across whatever distance.

Now walk.

Walk directly towards it.

Follow the path of shortest distance.

Keep walking.

Keep walking.

If you are close enough to reach the ocean, walk until you are there.

Walk to the furthest possible point of land.

Stop and encounter the water.

If it is too far to reach by foot, walk until you feel you have walked enough. Then stop.

Playful and poetic, the works of David Horvitz, an ocean romantic, based in Los Angeles, California, meddle with the systems of language, time and networks, hyper-paced Zoom calls, emails, and images transmitted through screens. Eschewing categorization, his expansive nomadic body of work, traversing the forms of photographs, word of mouth and physical movement or distribution, artist books, performances, memes, mail art, sound, rubber stamps, gastronomy, weather, travel, walks, and watercolor, is presented through examining questions of distance between places, people and time in order to test the possibilities of appropriating, undermining or even erasing this distance. Harnessing image, text, object and flows which he mobilizes to circulate and operate independently from himself, penetrate ever more effectively the intimate sphere. Left face to face with his works, in the postal system, libraries, and airport lost and found services, even engaged into action, our attention to the infinitesimal, finding loopholes and alternative logics within them, to the minute but important details and to the imaginary comes to the fore. As lullabies imprinted in our head, Horvitz deploys art as both object of contemplation and as viral or systemic tool to effect change on a personal scale. David Horvitz makes fictions that insert themselves surreptitiously into the real. Shifting seamlessly pebbles often possess a naturally frosted finish.