Candidates for MFA degrees in Ceramic Art, Electronic Integrated Arts, Painting, and Sculpture/Dimensional Studies are featured in a series of culminating thesis exhibitions.
Sam Horowitz (b. 1988, Vermont) is a sculptor, educator, and pseudo-scientist working in Western New York. Horowitz holds degrees from Alfred University (MFA, 2020) and Bard College (BA, 2010), and has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the US, including a solo show at Syracuse University in 2012, and a traveling group show in the Hudson Valley in 2018 through 2020, curated by Linda Weintraub. He has been an artist in residence on Governors Island in Manhattan, and at Salem Art Works, in the New York Adirondacks. Horowitz has fabricated sculptures for a number of clients, worked as a personal chef, and designed and built custom furniture.
Much of Horowitz’s studio research is inspired by investigating perspective and material. Within his work, concepts of geology, state change, and philosophy merge and conform to question duration and shared experience. Horowitz synthesizes recognizable materials and locations in states of flux —the cooling of molten iron, freezing and subsequent melting of ice, and location tags in Instagram— to collaborate within an artwork, physically and digitally recording gesture, circumstance, and input. He finds a balance between fine craft and found texture, playing carefully worked surfaces against those left weathered by processes biological, meteorological, and industrial alike.
Rule-making is common in Horowitz’s practice; in order to allow intrinsic and native qualities of a given material to surface within a piece, he employs aleatoric and iterative processes. Through material translation and community action, he presents possible futures, connects current trends, and fabricates past histories. These reflections are intended to provoke change within an audience, and assist in communal becoming “with.”
Artifice (Bronze Age), 2019
Canacadea Creek Rundown (Cairn I), 2020
Chill Tablets, 2019
In Our Image (Horseshoe Bend), 2019
Aluminum Drawing #2 with documentation, 2019
Why Wood, 2018
Grandma's Chair, 2019
Time Becomes Us (Composite, making of), 2019
Work Samples (Detail), 2020