Alexa Horochowski: Mundane Train

Alexa Horochowski has been connected to Franconia since the early years of the park’s existence- she was an FSP/Jerome Fellowship Artist in 1999 and 2008, and a Hot Metal Artist in 2010 and 2011. After spending the first ten years of her life in the Patagonia region of Argentina, Horochowski returned to the United States with her family at the age of nine. She received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, and in 1996 she completed an MFA at the University of Michigan. Horochowski is a Minnesota-based artist, showing extensively nationally and internationally, including galleries in New York, Miami, and Buenos Aires. She currently serves as Professor of Sculpture at St. Cloud State University.


Horochowski’s sculpture Hollywood Flats installed at Franconia in 2008

In recent years Horochowski’s work has taken the form sculptural and photographic tableaus that take full advantage of the exhibition space. Sculptures and photographs occupy by the floor, hang from the ceiling, and lean on walls, encircling the viewer and rendering them “actors on the stage of her imagination.” Encountering Alexa’s installations are akin to stumbling upon an archeological dig or discovering a shipwreck in an unfamiliar location- each element of the installation offers a clue, a bit of history, an illusion to myth, or a reference to a scientific or mathematical discovery, guiding the viewer through Alexa’s thought process.


Horochowski’s installation Cloud Cave at Burnet Gallery in 2011

Commonplace objects are the subject of Horochowski’s Mundane Train, which will be on exhibit at Franconia in the City@Casket May 16-June 8. Horochowski presents a paradoxical collection of sculptures, composed of simultaneously everyday and elevated objects. A cooler, a traffic cone, a pallet, cinderblocks and railroad ties, possible detritus from a construction site, take on new significance and permanence when cast in iron or stacked upon each other like formal architectural columns. The mundane is transformed to what Horochowski calls an “un-glorious monument,” frozen in time and made substantial, allowing explorers of the sculptural tableau to reconsider an object so forgettable as a cooler. The sculptures are intended to be viewed together and navigated like an archeological dig or monument site. Visitors to Mundane Train will be walking amongst prematurely ossified artifacts of our contemporary times.


Safety Cone, cast iron, 2012


Untitled (branch), bronze, railroad tie, cinder block, 2014

Please join us for Horochowski’s opening reception on May 16 from 5-10 PM at Franconia in the City@Casket, which coincides with the opening night of NEMAA‘s Art A Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis. There will be a fortune teller, DJ-ed tunes, a bonfire, and food and beverages by Taco Taxi. Horochowski will also be presenting her work at a Thursday night Artist Talk on May 29 – don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the concepts and process behind the work!

Alexa Horochowski is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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