“‘What is your studio?’ Breton asked.
Giacometti replied: ‘It is two feet that walk.’”
We walk to travel, to meditate, to exercise, to explore. We walk as a symbol to express belief, solidarity, or unification. We walk into battle; we walk against breast cancer; we walk with friends. The act of walking stands as the focal point not just to many significant events in each of our lives, but pivotal historical events as well. Despite this, walking is not often explored as a subject, tossed aside as quotidian minutiae.
Walk Ways exposes the beauty in the action. Horodner explores walking conceptually, aesthetically, and theoretically in a variety of artworks. He searches for connections between the use of walking as metaphor in art and the different ways we use the act of walking in reality. What he finds is a depth of complexity and meaning in the action that will change not just how one views monumental walks like the Million Man March, but everyday walks like simply walking to work. Walk Ways will quickly become a treasured book for each reader.
Artists include: Francis Alÿs, Eleanor Antin, Janine Antoni and Paul Ramirez-Jonas, Mowry Baden, Jim Campbell, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Hamish Fulton, Sharon Harper, Martin Kersels, Tom Marioni, Matthew McCaslin, Curtis Mitchell, François Morelli, Douglas Ross, Nancy Spero, Rudolf Stingel, and Richard Wentworth.
STAFF PICK. Horodner, Stuart, Walk ways, Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, 2002. 56 pages, hardcover. ISBN: 9780916365653. $18.99.
Preface and acknowledgment by Judith Olch Richards.