Thomas Houseago - Psychedelic Brothers - Drawn Paintings

Thomas Houseago, Psychedelic Brother III - Blue, 2016, acrylic paint, pencil, colored pastel, charcoal on canvas mounted on board, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm) © Thomas Houseago. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen

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Opening reception: Friday, 27th May, from 6:00 to 8:00pm

I wanted to find out where the figure is, what has happened to it, and it’s fantastic to search through this history of representation-figuration.
—Thomas Houseago

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present “Psychedelic Brothers - Drawn Paintings” by Thomas Houseago. This is the first exhibition to focus on Houseago’s two-dimensional works on canvas.

Known for his monumental sculpture based on body and architecture, Houseago has produced sculptures that function like dwellings, such as Masks (Pentagon) installed at Rockefeller Center in 2015, which can be entered and experienced from within. Questions surrounding the nature of embodiment, and the play between the mental and physical selves, pervade Houseago’s art in all its forms.

Shifting between historical allusion and seemingly impulsive gesture, Houseago explores sculptural and pictoral paradigms in terms of the uncertain realities of the present. Often foregoing traditional materials, he secretes stylistic nuances from a broad range of influences—from classical Greek sculpture; African, American, and Pacific tribal art; Renaissance and Modern interpretations of the figure to anime, sci-fi, musical performance, and cyborg characters. In this particular series, psychedelia is expressed through high-volume coloration, and loose lines. The immediacy of the medium of painting, and its immersive quality, allow Houseago to create new planes of consciousness. The faces of the linked “brothers” embody the psychic recesses of the creative process, giving legibility to hallucination.

Houseago’s paintings conflate drawing and sculpture, mapping the transition from concept to form. Each canvas, measuring 5 x 4 feet or 7 x 6 feet, is a confrontation between memory and fantasy, ritual and improvisation, which escapes the conventional painterly expectations of illusory space upon the two-dimensional plane. In “Drawn Paintings,” Houseago renders the mask-as-face leitmotif in acrylic paint, oil paint, pencil, and colored pastel, offset by black charcoal; striations in pigment and pronounced graphic lines impel each likeness to the surface of the canvas, revealing a wealth of possibility in the subjective readings of these dissonant visages. This series reflects Houseago’s artistic genealogy, to the “avant-garde fantasy family” that supports his creative psyche in the studio. Although the “Drawn Paintings” are conversant with his sculptural language of mass and surface, they redefine the canvas as a psychedelic site that resists any single interpretation. Houseago’s works evince myriad references: rough surfaces recall unearthed classical artifacts while the underlying principles attest to the influence of modern and contemporary masters such as Giacometti, Gaudier-Brzeska, Brancusi, Picasso, and West.

Thomas Houseago was born in 1972 in Leeds, U.K. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Public collections include The Rubell Family Collection, Miami; The Saatchi Gallery, London; The Broad, Los Angeles; The Rennie Collection, Vancouver; MOCA, Los Angeles; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Recent exhibitions include “What Went Down,” Modern Art Oxford, United Kingdom (2010, travelled to Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany; and Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’Ile de Vassivière, Beaumont-du-Lac, France, through 2011); “The Beat of the Show,” Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2011–12); “Thomas Houseago: Where the Wild Things Are,” Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich, United Kingdom (2012–13); “Thomas Houseago: Striding Figure/Standing Figure,” Galleria Borghese, Rome (2013); “Thomas Houseago: As I Went Out One Morning,” Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York (2013); and “Thomas Houseago: Studies ‘98–‘14,” Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands (2014). Houseago has collaborated with the New York Public Art Fund on two public sculptures: Statuesque (2010) and Masks (Pentagon) (2015).

For further information please contact the gallery at [email protected] or at +852.2151.0555. All images are subject to copyright. Gallery approval must be granted prior to reproduction.

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開幕酒會: 5月 27 日(星期五)晚間 6 時到 8 時

— 托馬斯·豪斯雅戈

高古軒畫廊欣然呈獻托馬斯‧豪斯雅戈的「Psychedelic Brothers – Drawn Paintings」展覽,首度重點展出其二維油畫作品。



豪斯雅戈的畫作揉合繪畫及雕塑,刻畫出概念轉換成形態的過渡。每幅5 x 4呎或7 x 6呎的油畫,都是記憶與幻想、規則與即興之間的衝突,脫離觀賞者對平面畫作虛幻空間的傳統期望。在《Drawn Paintings》系列中,他利用油與壓克力顏料、鉛筆、粉彩及黑色炭筆,帶出面具的主題,作品表面滿佈彩色條紋及奪目鮮明的線條,刻畫類似五官的效果,展示解讀這些怪異表情的無限種可能。此系列反映豪斯雅戈受其家族的影響,包括他在現實中的家人,以及支持他在工作室內發揮創意的「幻想前衛家族」。雖然《Drawn Paintings》系列也擁有豪斯雅戈雕塑作品中的質量和表面處理手法,但充滿迷幻感覺的繪畫卻有不止一種詮釋方法。他的作品匯聚多種不同風格:粗糙表面有如出土的古代工藝品,而作品背後的理念則受賈科梅蒂、戈蒂耶‧布爾澤斯卡、布朗庫西、畢加索及韋斯特等現代及當代大師影響。

托馬斯‧豪斯雅戈 1972年生於英國利茲,現於洛杉磯居住及工作。其作品為多個公共藝術機構的館藏,包括邁阿密盧貝爾家族收藏館、倫敦薩奇藝廊、洛杉磯布羅德美術館、溫哥華倫尼收藏美術館、洛杉磯當代藝術博物館、倫敦扎布洛多維克茲收藏美術館、阿姆斯特丹市立美術館及鹿特丹博伊曼斯·范伯寧恩美術館。豪斯雅戈近期的展覽包括英國牛津現代藝術畫廊「What Went Down」(2010年,2011年巡展至牛津阿什莫林博物館、德國門興格拉德巴赫阿布泰貝格博物館及法國博蒙迪拉Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’Ile de Vassivière);愛丁堡Inverleith House「The Beat of the Show」(2011–12年);英國諾里奇塞恩斯伯里視覺藝術中心「Thomas Houseago: Where the Wild Things Are」(2012–13年);羅馬貝佳斯美術館「Thomas Houseago: Striding Figure/Standing Figure」(2013年);紐約新溫莎Storm King Art Center「Thomas Houseago: As I Went Out One Morning」(2013年);以及荷蘭海牙市立博物館「Thomas Houseago: Studies ‘98–’14」(2014年)。豪斯雅戈亦曾與紐約公共藝術基金合作推出兩尊公開展出的雕塑《雕像》(2010年)與《面具(五邊形)》(2015年)。

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