Thomas Houseago in conversation with Anne Pontégnie

Xavier Hufkens
Jul 11, 2018 9:30AM

A conversation between Thomas Houseago and Anne Pontégnie on occasion of the exhibition 'Constructions' (18 May—20 July 2018).

Thomas Houseago studied art at London’s Central St Martin’s college in the early 1990s before moving to Amsterdam to study at de Ateliers. Later he lived for several years in Brussels where he had his first solo show with Xavier Hufkens. In 2004 he moved to Los Angeles where he continues to live and work.

Houseago creates monumental, often figurative sculptures that have a striking ability to simultaneous convey states of power and vulnerability. Using materials associated with classical and modernist sculpture (such as carved wood, clay, plaster and bronze), as well as less traditional materials (steel rods, concrete and hessian), Houseago creates sculptures that emphatically reveal the process of making. Typical of his work is the combination of elements rendered in flat portions of wood with others sculpted in the round, together with hand-drawn components that are, in a technical tour-de-force, cast and printed onto the works. Whilst Houseago’s oeuvre can be seen as a continuation of a historical sculptural tradition, the unusual combinations of materials, the inclusion of references drawn from popular culture and the unusual interplay between two and three-dimensional elements, all challenge the hierarchy inherent within visual forms, and the materials and values associated with them.

Thomas Houseago (b. 1972, Leeds, UK) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include Lovers, Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2015–2016); Masks (Pentagon), Rockefeller Plaza, New York, USA (2015); Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands (2014) and Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York, USA (2013).

Xavier Hufkens