Spread Pages, 2015
Modified A4 pages, wall version
Spread Pages, 2009
Modified A4 pages, floor version
Installation views from Red Line at Tanas Space, Berlin and I Want to Walk on the Moon at Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna
In the series Pages (Spread), Horvat works with blank A4 pages, employing a formally consistent process of cutting and folding their surfaces, expanding them outwards from their one-time boundaries to create a constellation of Moebius-like geometrical conundrums. In the process of cutting and folding, Horvat’s spread pages are dismantled as solid flat-plane surfaces to become problematic three-dimensional artifacts whose borders, edges, and interior dimensions are constantly an issue. The spread pages simultaneously perform a certain spatial expansion as they occupy a larger area than they used to prior to being dismantled, as well as a kind of interior excavation or unfolding.
While much of Horvat’s work pre-dating Pages (Spread) has subjected a human figure to gestures such as cutting and severing, recombining and reconfiguring, here the focus shifts to the reconfiguration of an object, to negotiation and distribution of space itself, to the possibilities of occupying it, and of re-drawings its borders. In the spatial redefinition and literal unpacking of this everyday object – the page – and in the repeated flux/reversal of outside and inside, Pages (Spread) evokes the social and political processes of territorial expansion and conquest, and the psychological processes of interior revelation and exploration.