In my art practice I address the ever-moving seam between nature and culture.  It is a virtually indefinable territory, because it permeates every corner of human life. Every aspect of the dialectic is in response to its opposite. I select only a small portion of the myriad possible interactions to investigate. The modes of presenting my findings are diverse, reflecting the ubiquity of the subject. I employ drawing, photography, installation, objects, sound, and video. 

 

Among my interrelated topics, I explore the visual, residual and ephemeral possibilities of water.  The beauty and realism that is so readily available there makes for a good study of the ways in which I can simultaneously be both objective observer and searching artist.  By setting up situations in which I am both idealist and objectivist, I can better examine the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions determine our relationship with and knowledge of nature.

 

Though my work often engages in issues with environmental concern, I do not mean to imply any directions for how anyone should act, only to explore the underlying principals of how human culture is constructed, and how it relates to the natural systems that are in place. I see ecology as the system with which an organism interacts with its environment. In that sense, my work is entirely ecological.

 

I am also an educator.  As artist residency and education coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, I bring workshops and lectures about the curricula developed by the Alberes and others at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and Yale, to schools and museums far and wide.  

Fritz Horstman