(American, b. 1978 in New York, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY)
Daniel Horowitz works in painting, drawing, collage, and installation. His art is characterized by a unique combination of realism and surrealist abstraction. In many of his compositions, faceless human figures work against backdrops of bizarre landscapes, mundane architecture or chimerical scenes. Twisted and stretched objects or body parts rendered in vibrant colors channel the surreal while examining contemporary reality, social anxieties and displaced identity.
Horowitz's imagery alters the original nature of objects and scale, creating overall dreamlike atmospheres. His paintings employ an associative logic, whereby disparate subjects are thrown together into impossible landscapes that are nonetheless psychologically cohesive. Through dissonant figure pairings and Freudian fluency in our collective symbolic lexicon, Horowitz conjures up what cannot be visualized into something visible. His paintings suggest a narrative but this promise dissolves into ambiguity. Originally inspired by Surrealism and the Polish Poster School, he developed natural interest in the so-called New Leipzig School, known for mixing surrealism and realism. In a recent solo exhibition he opened in Barcelona, Spain, Sleepwalking/ Somnambulisme, paintings drifted through space, were camouflaged in a large mural, or integrated into a living room from a by-gone era – all created by the artist as a site- specific installation.
Horowitz’s work has been the subject of international solo and group exhibitions - from New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Warsaw, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris to Split, Barcelona, and Montreal. He first gained recognition for his series of daily drawings, 365, exhibited in 2012 at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY, and subsequently shown internationally at Christie’s New York, The Direktorenhaus in Berlin, and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.
In 2014 he exhibited his метаморфоза and Lost Identity series at L’inlassable Galerie in Paris, as well as in group shows at the Museum of Fine Arts in Split, Croatia; at the Joshua Triennial in Joshua Tree, CA, and at The Department of Signs and Symbols in Brooklyn, NY. In the same year Horowitz won artist residencies at Pioneer Works and Residency Unlimited, both in Brooklyn, NY, and the Karen Huber Gallery in Mexico City.
In 2015, Horowitz was invited for a 2-months residency at the Espronceda Art Center in Barcelona, awarded a 2-week workshop in upstate NY by Triangle Residency, and won a prestigious residency at the Spinnerei Art Center in Leipzig, Germany. Each of these invitations culminated in solo exhibitions.
In January 2016, Horowitz will open a solo show at Joyce Yahouda Gallery in Montreal, Canada. In March 2016, he will present 15 site-specific works commissioned by Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, in Paris, for a 3-artists “Safari” show. Horowitz was also awarded a fellowship to spend the month of April at the Vermont Studio Center. There, he will prepare for a solo exhibition at ART3 gallery, in NY, scheduled to open in May 2016.