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Thomas Houseago

Psychedelic Brothers – Drawn Paintings

May 27–August 13, 2016
Hong Kong

Installation view Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Installation view

Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Installation view Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Installation view

Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Installation view Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Installation view

Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Installation view Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Installation view

Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Installation view Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Installation view

Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Installation view Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Installation view

Artworks © Thomas Houseago

Works Exhibited

Thomas Houseago, Psychedelic Brother III - Blue, 2016 Acrylic paint, pencil, colored pastel, charcoal on canvas mounted on board, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)© Thomas Houseago, photo by Fredrik Nilsen

Thomas Houseago, Psychedelic Brother III - Blue, 2016

Acrylic paint, pencil, colored pastel, charcoal on canvas mounted on board, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)
© Thomas Houseago, photo by Fredrik Nilsen

About

I wanted to find out where the figure is, what has happened to it, and it’s fantastic to search through this history of representation-figuration.
—Thomas Houseago

Gagosian is pleased to present Psychedelic Brothers – Drawn Paintings by Thomas Houseago. This is the first exhibition to focus on Houseago’s two-dimensional works on canvas.

Known for his monumental sculpture based on the body and architecture, Houseago has produced sculptures that function like dwellings, such as Masks (Pentagon), installed at Rockefeller Center in 2015, which can be entered and experienced from within. Questions surrounding the nature of embodiment and the play between the mental and physical selves pervade Houseago’s art in all its forms.

Shifting between historical allusion and seemingly impulsive gesture, Houseago explores sculptural and pictoral paradigms in terms of the uncertain realities of the present. Often forgoing traditional materials, he secretes stylistic nuances from a broad range of influences—including classical Greek sculpture; African, American, and Pacific tribal art; Renaissance and Modern interpretations of the figure; musical performance; and anime, sci-fi, and cyborg characters. In this particular series, psychedelia is expressed through high-volume coloration and loose lines. The immediacy of the medium of painting and its immersive quality allow Houseago to create new planes of consciousness. The faces of the linked “brothers” embody the psychic recesses of the creative process, giving legibility to hallucination.

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我想追尋形象的蹤跡及其歷程,而探尋具象表現的歷史亦使人驚歎。
— 托馬斯·豪斯雅戈

高古軒畫廊欣然呈獻托馬斯‧豪斯雅戈的「Psychedelic Brothers – Drawn Paintings」展覽,首度重點展出其二維油畫作品。

豪斯雅戈擅長以身體及建築為題材,創作出享負盛名的紀念碑式作品,其雕塑作品亦有如居所,例如於2015年安放於洛克菲勒中心的《面具(五邊形)》,便可讓觀賞者進入雕塑內部,領略與別不同的體驗。他的作品形態多變,物料豐富,反映他對具體形態的性質,以及思想與軀體間互動的思索。

豪斯雅戈於歷史的隱喻與看似衝動自發的創作行為之間轉換,從當下的變幻現實之中探索雕塑與繪畫的世界。他往往摒棄傳統的創作材料,融合來自多種文化與風格的元素,包括古希臘雕塑、非洲、美洲及太平洋部落藝術、文藝復興與現代的具象詮釋,以至動漫、科幻小說、音樂表演及半機械人。在是次展出的作品中,豪斯雅戈透過濃厚色彩及鬆散的線條,表達迷幻藝術與擴張意識的主題,以直接而震懾人心的畫面,展現意識的全新層次。作品中連結在一起的「兄弟」,其臉孔體現創作過程中精神上的短暫休憩,為幻覺賦予形態。

豪斯雅戈的畫作揉合繪畫及雕塑,刻畫出概念轉換成形態的過渡。每幅5 × 4呎或7 × 6呎的油畫,都是記憶與幻想、規則與即興之間的衝突,脫離觀賞者對平面畫作虛幻空間的傳統期望。在《Drawn Paintings》系列中,他利用油與壓克力顏料、鉛筆、粉彩及黑色炭筆,帶出面具的主題,作品表面滿佈彩色條紋及奪目鮮明的線條,刻畫類似五官的效果,展示解讀這些怪異表情的無限種可能。此系列反映豪斯雅戈受其家族的影響,包括他在現實中的家人,以及支持他在工作室內發揮創意的「幻想前衛家族」。雖然《Drawn Paintings》系列也擁有豪斯雅戈雕塑作品中的質量和表面處理手法,但充滿迷幻感覺的繪畫卻有不止一種詮釋方法。他的作品匯聚多種不同風格:粗糙表面有如出土的古代工藝品,而作品背後的理念則受賈科梅蒂、戈蒂耶‧布爾澤斯卡、布朗庫西、畢加索及韋斯特等現代及當代大師影響。

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