Watercolor on repurposed paper from artist’s studio. Each piece in edition is unique.
Sending art in the mail is an important and long-time method of production and exchange for the artist David Horvitz. notes from my library is in the form of repurposed sheets of embossed paper, folded to make lines, and then filled in with highlighted texts from various books in the artist’s library. Each edition presents a unique text, handwritten in watercolor, ending only once the page is covered entirely. The work is sent directly through the mail as a large postcard, where—in its handling—it will accumulate its own history, before arriving at the final destination. Since the pandemic, Horvitz whose daily routine is usually spent meandering around the city, found himself wandering through his library, rediscovering forgotten books. The texts are culled from books by John Berger, Rachel Carson, Jenny Odell, Jerome Rothenberg, Rebecca Solnit, and others.
From the artist:
The work is mailed from Printed Matter to you. It is sent like a postcard, outside of any packaging, in the tradition of mail art. Over the journey through the postal system the work will acquire marks of its journey. Maybe a rubber stamp, a barcode sticker, tears, bends, marks. These marks are intrinsic to the work, bringing in elements of chance and collaboration with the postal service.
David Horvitz was born in 1982, in Los Angeles, USA, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. His sprawling practice includes mail art, artist books, photography, video, performance. He has widely presented his work in solo and group exhibitions, including the New Museum, New York; Jan Mot, Brussels, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Kunstverein Nürnberg, and The Kitchen, New York. Horvitz’ prolific artist’s book practice include How to Shoplift Books (2019), Mood Disorder (2015), Somewhere in Between the Jurisdiction of Time (2014), Sad, Depressed, People (2012), My Grandma’s Recipes (2011). In 2013, he founded Porcino gallery in Berlin.