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David Horvitz, Public Access (Bodega Head), 2011–14, C-print, 9 5/8 × 14 5/8". From the series “Public Access,” 2011–14.

David Horvitz

Blum & Poe | Los Angeles

David Horvitz, Public Access (Bodega Head), 2011–14, C-print, 9 5/8 × 14 5/8". From the series “Public Access,” 2011–14.

On July 12, the day that David Horvitz’s first solo show at Blum & Poe opened, the artist and his numerous editor-avatars were banned from contributing to Wikipedia. The embargo culminated an ongoing conflict in which editors of the online encyclopedia persistently hunted down and deleted any discovered images of California shoreline (from Pelican State Beach in the north to Border Field State Park in the south) that Horvitz had posted to the public beaches’ Wikipedia entries over the past three years. Each of the supposedly disruptive images—part of Horvitz’s multimodal project “Public Access,” 2011–14—depicts the artist looking out over the ocean, his back to the camera. In one image, his head is just visible over the top of a scrubby dune (Public Access [Tolowa Dunes State Park], 2011–14). In another, his body is largely camouflaged by a tree (Public Access [Usal

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