These particular works are hand-blown glass vases filled with flowers. Each vase is named after a day in the week, providing an insight into the story of their contents. The blooms that fill each vase each tell a tale of how they reached the vase – from the garden to flower shop to vase; in this way, every vase of flowers embodies a map of paths taken in the course of a day.
Horvitz revisits in the medium of glass the possibility of changing common perceptions and systems by moulding the images or materials shaped by or used to signify time. In 2014, Horvitz started an ongoing project of creating hand-blown glass vases gathered from different pieces of sea glass that he found on beaches around New York. Though difficult to remelt because of the difference in densities and fast congealment when hand-blown, a number of new vessels were made from the many pieces. Bringing the glass back to its original form and function, Horvitz created ordinary objects that nevertheless bear the mark of the process that they have gone through and could break at any moment because of their inherent tension.
An earlier work, three standard breaths, or the shapes of hours (2014), involved Horvitz using the sand within hourglasses to create new vessels, a process which he hoped could embody the literal shape of an hour.
A map of Paris from a Thursday, 2018
a bouquet as a map
made of the same flowers
each from a different place
collected on a wednesday
while aimlessly wandering
by foot or train or bike or or or boat
David Horvitz, A map of Paris from a Thursday, 2018. Hand blown glass, roses; 20.8 cm x 14 cm.