John Houck is showing some interesting paper works in a group show at Luis De Jesus Gallery in LA. The show is entitled "DUALITIES, OMISSIONS, LOOPS, & RUPTURES" and runs until April 7th. These caught my eye over on dailydujour.com
been boggling my mind for a full 24 hours now. quite taken by them. and from the homework i've done in the last day, this guy is smart and seems to be just starting to scratch the surface with some of his concepts.
i'm sure you've checked them already, but these side details shots do the best job of providing some sense of the dimensionality and what they might look like up close in the flesh.
really find them quite mesmerizing aesthetically and the conceptual foundation is fascinating. love when the process behind conception and production is as important, if not more so, to the success of the overall work than the aesthetic qualities themselves, and that is most def the case with john's work.
i'll be out in la before the end of the month, so i can report then on the in person response.
Thanks for the links Walt. It's really interesting to read about the process behind these. Very cool indeed.
I visited the gallery today and had a look at them in person. They look fantastic. This large unique piece was hands down my favorite of the group.
The top photo was taken by myself today but the white balance and contrast is a bit off with my camera. Actually, these works are very hard to photograph without a very good camera as the grid patterns tend to create a very strong moire effect en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moir%C3%A9_pattern
The piece shown above had a wonderful sense of contrast and depth. The photographic iterations used in the creation of the final work leads portions of the grid to be out of focus and hazy while other sections are sharper. As explained in the links posted by Walt above, this is caused by the folding and repeated photographing of the work. It was a real stunner in person. Unfortunately it just sold to a collector in Connecticut this morning. Anyone from the board?
The illusion that is created in these works can be mind-boggling. Even close-up it can be really hard to determine what is a photographed crease and what is an actual crease in the final work.
As I mentioned above, these works are challenging to photograph. You can see in the photo below the moire effect I was speaking of. This is just an artifact created in-camera by my Lumix point and shoot. A higher quality DSLR would produce much better results.
While the photos that I received from the gallery handle this problem much better they can also be a bit deceiving as they don't always pick up the detail in the pieces. For example, the gallery supplied photo below shows one of the three large unique pieces.
In this photo it appears as though there is only one crease, whereas in person (and in my snapshots below) you get a better sense of the second crease.
the same piece shown on the far right.
It's an oft-repeated saying in the art world today that you need to see the works in person to fully get a sense of them and this is particularly true in the case of this wonderful collection of work.
well, there goes the no buying ban. thanks for posting about this artist alex, and also for posting the pics insitu - helped me make my mind up.
Ar$e! The one problem about this forum is every time I log on I see something I like!
So Sven, I have broken my new year resolution (which I guess are stupid ideas anyway!) and bought the last piece from the show.
Its now officially a sell out! (and now I have to officially explain to my wife why we have more art arriving )
Congrats Gilsteph, I saw the pricelist late at night and only wanted the last large unique piece available and was too lazy to check the photos forwarded on my actual laptop rather than phone, slept on it for the night and wake up to an email saying it's sold out. If your wife has a big problem I'll help solve it by taking that piece off your hands.
i got 2 of the smaller pieces afroken. 50,624 & 19,682. i found i quite hard to decide exactly which ones to go for as i liked them all visually. the decision to buy was mainly about the 'making' process for me though on these pieces.