Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

I am a mixed-media installation artist and third-generation farmer, who grew up amongst the wheat fields and native grasses, exploring the fossil beds of north central Montana.

In a complicated and expanding world, I found myself searching the landscape for materials that would express my thoughts and feelings. Perhaps by gently attaching a thought to a blade of grass and a stalk of wheat, I could move these issues outward to be explored for further investigation. Therefore, these same thoughts could be encased in tough-minded materials such as huge wooden timbers, scarred and calloused, soaked in creosote, fortified for their protection against the hot winds of summer and the freezing rains of winter. Even nature itself could be manipulated: rock, sand, portland, and water could be molded, cast, and reinforced into concrete objects. I then take bits and pieces of these materials and attempt to remove them from their natural landscape, isolate them for closer inspection into a neutral space such as a gallery. The slow dance that I do with these materials is a personal investigation; but to the viewer, I can only point in the general direction I wish them to go. What path or trail they take is of their own choosing. If they come upon a space which stimulates thoughts of wants and needs and whys and hows, then I feel my art has been successful.

Gary Horinek