Counting in Eight, Moving by Color
Under the title Counting in Eight, Moving by Color, KW Institute for Contemporary Art presents the first comprehensive solo exhibition of Californian artist Channa Horwitz (1932–2013).
Featuring important works from all phases of the artist's career, the survey provides an introduction to her oeuvre and insight into key series such as the Language Series, Sonakinatography, Rhythms, and Structures. The exhibition retraces the development that led Channa Horwitz from figurative painting to conceptual abstraction. In addition, a selection of construction drawings and documentary material is made public for the first time, through close cooperation with the trustees of the artist's estate in Los Angeles.
In the late 1960s, Channa Horwitz developed an artistic language that attained freedom through deliberate confinement to a few simple rules. Each one of her works has since been based on the numbers one through eight, with a specific color code assigned to each number. Orienting herself to the format of standard American graph paper, the artist could depict time in graphic units, and movement in time as the corresponding color scheme. In this way, she designed structures that translate spatial-temporal relations into drawings, paintings, and multimedia sculptures.
The work complex Sonakinatography, the most well-known to date, constitutes the exhibition's core. From 1968 until shortly before her death, Channa Horwitz worked on numerous iterations of the series' 23 different compositions. Each of these drawings can be interpreted musically or choreographically, and translated into a concert, performance, or spatial installation.
30.4.15, 19 h
Marthe Ramm Fortun
The Performative Minute
1.– 3. 5. 15
Cubical Quad, Counting Lattice
Sonic ritual for nine loudspeakers, inspired by Channa Horwitz' series Sonakinatography
3.3.15, 16 h
With Ellen Blumenstein, Chief Curator of KW
Channa Horwitz: Counting in Eight, Moving by Color is funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).