Walk Ways

  • Walk Ways, installation view, Surrey Art Gallery, 2004.

  • Walk Ways, installation view, Oakville Galleries, 2003.

  • Walk Ways, installation view, Oakville Galleries, 2003.

  • Walk Ways, installation view, Surrey Art Gallery, 2004.

  • Walk Ways, installation view, Surrey Art Gallery, 2004.

  • Walk Ways, installation view, Surrey Art Gallery, 2004.

Curated by Stuart Horodner

Walk Ways brings together a selection of works by a diverse group of artists who explore the theme of walking as an action and/or as a metaphor. These works—made in a variety of studio and post-studio settings by younger as well as established artists—examine walking as a purposeful or meandering activity that unites physical and mental freedom. Walking in cities may be understood in sociopolitical terms, with references to tourism, commuting, surveillance, or the Situationist dérive (a mode of attentive city walking). In the rural environment, the focus shifts to explorations of leisure, pilgrimage, and interactions with nature.

Walk Ways presents video work, photography, drawing, sculpture, and notebooks, including Tom Marioni’s “performance drawing” made by taping a sheet of paper to a wall and attaching colored pencils to his body, and then repeatedly walking close enough to the wall to create a series of lines on the paper; Martin Kersels’s series of photographs of himself tripping on a Los Angeles sidewalk; a surveillance video made by Janine Antoni and Paul Ramirez-Jonas, documenting themselves following each other on the beach; Rudolf Stingel’s walked-on styrofoam paintings; and François Morelli’s Transatlantic Walk, which commemorates the fortieth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Informed by their own physical experience, as well as rich examples from literature (Henry David Thoreau, Walter Benjamin, Bruce Chatwin, et al.) and art history (such as Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic documents of human and animal locomotion), these diverse artists have focused on “the walk” as a means of commenting on human agency, politics, geography, and history.



Stuart Horodner

Stuart Horodner is currently Director of The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky. He has previously served as Artistic Director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in Georgia, Curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Oregon, and Director of the Bucknell University Art Gallery in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He was also a co-owner of the Horodner Romley Gallery in New York.

His writing has appeared in journals and magazines, including Art Issues, Art Lies, Art on Paper, Bomb Magazine and Sculpture. Horodner has served in an advisory capacity to organizations, including Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, Creative Capital, the Ford Family Foundation and The MacDowell Colony. Furthermore, Horodner is the author of The Art Life: On Creativity and Career, published by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in 2012.

Photo by Michelle Grabner


touring schedule

Freedman Art Gallery, Albright College Center for the Arts
Reading, PA, United States
February 17, 2004 - March 19, 2004

USF Contemporary Art Museum
Tampa, FL, United States
November 21, 2003 - January 16, 2004

Arthouse at the Jones Center
Austin, TX, United States
September 6, 2003 - November 2, 2003

Oakville Galleries
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
June 14, 2003 - August 20, 2003

Dalhousie Art Gallery, Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
March 21, 2003 - May 11, 2003

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Portland, OR, United States
September 4, 2002 - November 2, 2002

Surrey Art Gallery
Surrey, Canada
March 8, 1998 - May 24, 1998

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