Bio: Channa Horwitz
Bio, 250 words
Channa Horwitz was born in the Eastside neighborhood of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles in 1932, where she continued to live and work until her death. Horowitz initially studied Graphic Design at Art Center College of Design and then Fine Art at Cal State Northridge. Post academia, she developed an exacting method of creating logic-driven illustrations, but also began to allow space for new points of discovery within her rule-based practice. Reflecting on this period, she wrote she would ask herself: ‘What would happen if I …?’. Horwitz eventually returned to academia at California Institute of the Arts, receiving a BFA in 1972. It was while at CalArts that she invented a systematic method of exploration of mark making, which she named Sonakinatography. The term combined sona (from Latin sonāre, referring to sound), kina (from Greek kinētos, referring to motion), and -graphy (from Latin -graphia, referring to representation). Using graph paper, she hand-plotted numbers and colors, depicting movement and sonic tonality over time. For nearly five decades she continued to rigorously explore diagrammatic visualizations of sequences of time, motion, and sound via illustrations, painting, installations, and collaborations with dancers and musicians. Exhibited in 200 group and solo shows since 1962, including the Whitney Biennial, Horwitz’s work is held in numerous important collections, including, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Horwitz was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013, just before her death at the age of 80.
(Thumbnail image courtesy of Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.)