Gagosian Gallery Rome
4 June – 26 July 2013
Gagosian Gallery Rome is pleased to announce an exhibition of new sculptures by Thomas Houseago.
Thomas Houseago’s monumental, figurative sculptures are charged with remarkable energy and vitality. Working primarily with materials associated with classical and modernist sculpture -carved wood, plaster, and bronze – Houseago’s work is richly layered with cultural, mythological, and art historical references. Body parts are often impossibly linked together as realistically rendered limbs lead to drawn representations. With their skeletons of iron rebar exposed, raw edges from jigsaw cuts, and plaster and hemp slatherings, Houseago’s figures breath new life into classic forms.
Thomas Houseago (b. 1972, Leeds, England) lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the Saint Martins College of Art, London and De Ateliers, Amsterdam. He has had shown extensively in Europe and the United States, including solo exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich (2012), Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2011), and Modern Art Oxford (2010–11). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2011), and at Punta della Dogana, Venice (2010), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2010), and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010). In January 2013, the Dijon Art Center Le Consortium installed a selection of Houseago’ s sculptures around the streets of Aix-en-Provence.