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Thomas Houseago Constructions

Thomas Houseago Constructions
Selected works Installation views

Xavier Hufkens is pleased to present Constructions, an exhibition of new sculptures and paintings by Thomas Houseago. This is the artist’s fifth exhibition with the gallery.

Known for figurative sculpture and immersive architectural environments, Thomas Houseago has established a sculptural and painting practice using a wide range of mediums, including traditional, low-grade materials such as plywood, plaster, hemp, graphite, iron rebar, charcoal, as well as, bronze and aluminum. Houseago’s life-sized and monumental sculptures have appeased his natural tendency to work in a scale that requires a physical struggle, as well as performative and exhaustive efforts. His sculptures and paintings evoke a sense of urgency, dynamism and vulnerability.

Artists such as Giacometti, Rodin, Brancusi and Calder have long fascinated Houseago with their ability to project intentions of monumentality onto their sculptural models. In Constructions the artist presents new assemblage sculptures, originally fabricated in plywood and questions the conditions of monumentality by taking “a very meditative and almost performative stance” to his relationship with scale. The basis for these works are sketches. Their movement from drawing to wood cuts and from wood to metal traces their making and establishes solid form through actions and transitions. The sculptures combine topics the artist has long been captivated by: the walking figure, the head and face, the reclining figure, the owl.

A new series of paintings, fragmented faces in charcoal, graphite, and colored pencil further explore Houseago’s fracturing process. “My paintings often come from the drawings, but what goes on in the paintings will then feed the sculptures.” In this cyclical and interlinked process Houseago takes us through his personal relationship with forms within space, and the traditions of building structures, memories, and experiences.

Thomas Houseago (b. 1972, Leeds, UK) lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2019, a retrospective of his work will open at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Solo exhibitions include Lovers, Le Consortium, Vosne-Romanée, France (2015-2016), Masks (Pentagon), Rockefeller Plaza, New York (2015); Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands (2014) and Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York (2013).

Thomas Houseago in conversation with Anne Pontégnie

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Selected works

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    Thomas Houseago

    Soma Sculpture (Release), 2018

    tuf-cal, hemp, iron rebar, redwood
    185.4 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm, 73 x 18 x 18 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Soma Sculpture II, 2018

    iron rebar, redwood
    173 x 50.5 x 45.4 cm, 68 x 19 7/8 x 17 3/4 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Sun & Moon Mask, 2018

    brass, redwood
    198.1 x 53.1 x 47.5 cm, 78 x 20 7/8 x 18 5/8 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Soma (Neon), 2018

    graphite, pastel, charcoal, and acrylic on canvas
    50.8 x 40.6 x 3.8 cm, 20 x 16 x 1 1/2 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Soma (Loss), 2018

    pastel, charcoal, colored pencil and acrylic on canvas
    61 x 50.8 x 6 cm, 24 x 20 x 2 3/8 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Soma (Technicolor), 2018

    graphite, pastel charcoal, and acrylic on canvas
    61 x 50.8 x 6 cm, 24 x 20 x 2 3/8 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Soma (Morning), 2018

    graphite, pastel, charcoal, and acrylic on canvas
    50.8 x 40.6 x 3.8 cm, 20 x 16 x 1 1/2 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Soma (Eclipse), 2018

    pastel, charcoal, colored pencil and acrylic on canvas
    50.8 x 40.6 x 3.8 cm, 20 x 16 x 1 1/2 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Little Moonage Owl, 2018

    tin
    30 x 27.2 x 20 cm, 11 3/4 x 10 5/8 x 7 3/4 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Coyote I (Los Angeles), 2018

    bronze
    79 x 30 x 25.5 cm, 31 x 11 3/4 x 10 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Midnight Lady, 2018

    bronze, black patina
    30.9 x 12.2 x 18.2 cm, 12 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 7 1/8 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Striding Figure, 2018

    nickel silver, wood
    64.5 x 37 x 23.2 cm, 25 3/8 x 14 1/2 x 9 1/8 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Daadist, 2018

    brass, wood
    52.6 x 31.4 x 30 cm, 20 5/8 x 12 1/4 x 11 3/4 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Sun & Moon Mask, 2018

    steel, zinc, wood
    49.4 x 36 x 26 cm, 19 3/8 x 14 1/8 x 10 1/8 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Brass Neck I, 2018

    bronze, raw patina, wood
    56.5 x 35.6 x 27.8 cm, 22 1/8 x 14 x 10 7/8 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Reclining Figure, 2018

    steel sheet 2mm and 3mm
    23.5 x 27.4 x 10.7 cm, 9 1/4 x 10 3/4 x 4 1/8 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Moonage Owl, 2018

    steel, zinc and wood
    47.8 x 34.2 x 24 cm, 18 3/4 x 13 3/8 x 9 3/8 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Sleeping Lady I, 2018

    steel, wood
    31.5 x 47.2 x 32.9 cm, 12 3/8 x 18 1/2 x 12 7/8 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Vampire, 2018

    brass
    76.8 x 41 x 38.7 cm, 30 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 15 1/8 in.

    Thomas Houseago

    Sun & Moon Mask, 2018

    brass, raw finish
    22.8 x 11.9 x 13.3 cm, 9 x 4 5/8 x 5 1/8 in.

Installation views