John Houck | UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Lecture Series | May 13 at 6:30pm

UCLA’s Architecture and Urban Design Department will host a lecture by John Houck on Monday, May 13 at 6:30 PM.

John Houck has shown extensively in the United States and abroad. His works are in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA The Museum of Modern Art. Houck has an MFA in Fine Arts from UCLA and a BA in Architecture from Colorado University. He also completed the Whitney Independent Study Program and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency. His work was recently featured in Made in L.A. 2018, the Hammer Museum biennial. He is preparing for solo exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (October 2018) and at Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco (September 2020).

Los Angeles-based artist John Houck makes his images through a systematic re-photographing that produces a complex set of relationships between figure and ground and defies a clear understanding of the real and created. In this process, the artist takes a set of objects—often with personal meaning—and captures them multiple times. With each iteration, the objects are re-positioned atop of their own images. The resultant work is a kind of photograph of itself, seen through a multitude of perspectives. The unfixed nature of Houck’s compositions is further complicated by the artist’s introduction of painterly mark-making, which he incorporates in both the objects being photographed and the photographs themselves. These actions transform the photograph into a screen through which the composition is gradually developed, examined, and remade.

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