Selected works by Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago
Untitled (Folded man red stomach)


Plaster, jute, iron rebar

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


plaster, hemp, steel, graphite

124.5 x 58.4 x 86.4 cm
Thomas Housago’s work playfully subverts the expectation of sculpture. Drawing reference to a multitude of styles such as Classicism, Cubism, and Futurism, Houseago’s 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’s ‘monumental’ structures appear almost comically flimsy, reducing the grandiose weight of art history into sympathetic effigies.
Thomas Houseago
Folded Man (and 4 detail shots)


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)


wood, plaster, iron, jute

300 x 90 x 40 cm
Throughout Houseago’s 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 ‘histories’, reflective of a more intimate and empathetic narrative.
Thomas Houseago
Figure 2


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)


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

221 x 221 x 132.1 cm


Both Ends Burning featuring Thomas Houseago

David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present Both Ends Burning, an exhibition of new work by Amy Bessone, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan and Lara Schnitger.

The opening reception will be on Friday, October 14th and the exhibition will be on view through November 12th.

The four artists first met in 1994 while completing their residencies at De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Their meeting proved to be a profound experience that cemented the professional and personal friendships within the group.

After living and working in various countries after their time in Amsterdam, the four are once again in the same location, Los Angeles. Both Ends Burning is the first exhibition of all the artists together.

Bessone, Houseago, Monahan and Schnitger are dedicated to exploring and challenging notions of the figure. Finding a lack of rigor in current trends regarding figuration they look to face their practices without ironic distractions.

Together they have decided to take a no-holds-barred approach to their work and find territories not before explored. Each artist confronts figuration from different angles and with various techniques. In this exhibition they continue this dialogue and the intertwining narratives between their work.

Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan and Lara Schnitger will each be presenting new sculpture and Amy Bessone will show new paintings.

Amy Bessone had a solo exhibition (with Thomas Houseago) at Gallery Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium and was in the group show b.a.-ba, un choix dans la collection du Frac Bretagne, Domaine de Kergu�hennec, Bignan, France.

In 2006 Bessone will have a solo at David Kordansky Gallery. Thomas Houseago has had solo exhibitions at S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium and at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherlands. He will have a solo exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery in 2006.

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