Daniel Horowitz: Civilization and its Discontents Solo booth at SPRING/BREAK Art Show

Daniel Horowitz: Civilization and its Discontents
Solo booth at SPRING/BREAK Art Show
curated by Ella Marder

Feb 28 - March 6, 2017

Tuesday, February 28
5 PM - 9 PM

4 Times Square, New York
Room 2310, 23rd floor
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The paradox of civilization: it is a tool we have created to protect ourselves from unhappiness, and yet it is our largest source of unhappiness.”  - Sigmund Freud

In this site-specific installation for SPRING/BREAK, Daniel Horowitz explores the tension between the individual and civilization with traditional culture.  The booth is presented as a surrogate study of psychic explorers such as Freud, Jung and Lacan. The Shaman in traditional society was the interlocutor between the physical and spiritual worlds. Psychoanalysis has since replaced shamanism, as the wildness of the natural world has been subjugated by conquest and science. However the component archetypes of the noble savage are still very much alive in the interior of our mind. The diverse body of work includes oil paintings on linen stitched with textiles, paintings on antique engravings and silver nitrate on glass.

Through experiments in transmutation, the alchemists struggled to understand the elements that shape our existence, and therefore ourselves. Silvering of glass, is a process of illumination of identity. As described in Lacan’s mirror stage, turning the individual into an object that can be perceived from outside one’s self. The mirror has played a formative role in shaping our sense of personal identity. However, identity is something that is volatile, forever changing, and so the fluid and deteriorated appearance of the viewer, reflects a more authentic self.

Totem & Taboo

Totem & Taboo, an exhibition of new works by Daniel Horowitz, will open on November 12th at Tillou Fine Art, located in an historic Clinton Hill brownstone. The exhibition will feature works on paper and paintings on raw linen stitched with textiles, juxtaposed with ethnographic artifacts from various private collections. Totem & Taboo will be accompanied by a series of salon-style interdisciplinary conversations and happenings with experts from a variety of fields, including art, anthropology, music and psychology. 

November 12, 2016 - January 21, 2017 

WHAT : TOTEM & TABOO, works by Daniel Horowitz
WHEN : November 12, 2016 - January 21, 2017
WHERE : TILLOU FINE ART, 59 Cambridge Place, Brooklyn NY 11238 (Clinton Hill) 

HOURS: Thursday through Saturday, 12-6PM and by appointment
CONTACT : Michelle Tillou I michelle@tilloufineart.com I 1 917-912-3922 


Musée de la Chasse et de Nature

In this body of 20 works commissioned by the Musée de la Chasse et de Nature, I dive into the exercise of pseudo-historical documentation - retelling a fictive safari expedition by subverting original 18th, 19th and early 20th century artifacts to explore the art of hunting, as a metaphor for man’s quest of self. By seamlessly integrating the counterfeit historical work back into the permanent collection of the Museum among many other genuine objects from the past, the exhibition confuses what is “museological objectivation” and “ontological engineering” to cite the French curator Vincent Normand.