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Horochowski exhibit opens Friday at Nemeth Art Center

The Nemeth Art Center (NAC) will host an exhibit by Minneapolis-based artist Alexa Horochowski, starting July 20 and ending Sept. 29.

The opening reception celebrating Alexa Horochowski's artwork will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Her NAC exhibition will explore the uneasy relationship between ecological sustainability and the market forces driving farm production.

Horochowski describes her NAC exhibit: "The installation will include three distinct areas. In the center, I will deploy a grid of vertical, monumental, figural sculptures the viewer can meander through as if in an amplified, uprooted corn field. Another area will include a multitude of reclaimed pitchforks, welded to abstracted figural forms and leaning on the wall suggesting populist movements and labor. A third area will include cast bronze farming caps with the logos of chemical industries, such as Monsanto whose technological advancements result in higher yields and profits without a commitment to sustainable, ecological models."

A McKight Foundation and Bush Fellowship winner, Horochowski is bilingual in Spanish and English and a dual citizen of Argentina and the U.S. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and is a sculpture professor at St. Cloud State University.

Horochowski's sense of geographic space has been formed by opposing landscapes — the desolate Patagonia of the Atlantic Coast of Argentina where she grew up and the fertile prairie and woods of the Midwest where she lives now.

The Nemeth Art Center, located at 301 Court Ave., is open noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Exhibits are free and open to the public. Find more info at nemethartcenter.org.

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