Selected works by Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago
Untitled (Folded man red stomach)

2000

Plaster, jute, iron rebar

190 x 110 x 75 cm
Thomas Houseago
Joanne (6 views)

2005

plaster, hemp, steel, graphite

124.5 x 58.4 x 86.4 cm
Thomas Housago‚Äôs work playfully subverts the expectation of sculpture. Drawing reference to a multitude of styles such as Classicism, Cubism, and Futurism, Houseago‚Äôs intentionally clumsy forms trade the imperious and enduring qualities of traditional bronze or marble for the humble aesthetic of plaster and various found materials. Lacking the weighty physical stature associated with three dimensional media, Houseago‚Äôs ‚Äėmonumental‚Äô structures appear almost comically flimsy, reducing the grandiose weight of art history into sympathetic effigies.
Thomas Houseago
Folded Man (and 4 detail shots)

1997

plaster, jute, inox

220 x 110 x 80 cm
Houseago’s subjects lean to the figurative and mythological; bordering on abstraction, their rough hewn and incomplete forms both disclose their process of making and a sense of relational humility. Folded Man, a clunky semblance of a figure made from plaster-soaked jute wrapped over a skeletal support stands as an abject tribute to Boccioni; while Joanne, an emaciated rabbit, grimaces under floppy ears. Constructed from plaster-coated iron with a delicate sketch of a figure on its side, the animal’s painfully flat body is exaggerated as both object and surface, an insubstantial vessel for spiritual manifestation. Similarly, Caryatide With Squatting Man plays upon the devices of representation to create diverse meaning: placed on a makeshift plinth to elevate its importance, Houseago’s elaborate column serves to support a hollow sheath of a figure posed in an act of desecration.
Thomas Houseago
Caryatide with Squatting Man (and details)

2000

wood, plaster, iron, jute

300 x 90 x 40 cm
Throughout Houseago‚Äôs work lies an engagement with hierarchical considerations of visual form and their associated values. Challenging these preconceptions through making and content, Houseago creates his own alternative ‚Äėhistories‚Äô, reflective of a more intimate and empathetic narrative.
Thomas Houseago
Figure 2

2008

Wood, graphite, oil stick, tuf-cal, hemp, iron rebar

228.6 x 83.8 x 134.6 cm
Thomas Houseago
Figure 1 (and 2 details)

2008

Wood, graphite, tuf-cal, hemp, iron, oil stick

221 x 221 x 132.1 cm

Other Resources

the-artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art ‚Äď Thomas Houseago

artfacts.net
Additional information on Thomas Houseago

davidkordanskygallery.com
Images, additional information and biography for Thomas Houseago

davidkordanskygallery.com
David Kordansky Gallery presents Both Ends Burning featuring Thomas Houseago

artforum.com
‚ÄúBoth Ends Burning.‚ÄĚ The show, at David Kordansky Gallery, is a reunion of sorts for four Los Angeles-based artists‚ÄĒAmy Bessone, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan, and Lara Schnitger‚ÄĒwho all met, circa 1994, at De Ateliers in Amsterdam.